Here's How Star Wars Brought Back Carrie Fisher for 'Rise of Skywalker'

Star Wars has gone into more depth about how they brought back the late Carrie Fisher for The Rise of Skywalker.

The actress sadly passed away in 2016–before the latest Star Wars movie began production –though she still played a prominent role thanks to unused footage from the previous two movies.

A new video from visual effects creators Industrial Light & Magic has now been released, detailing the process they used to bring Leia into the movie.


“Alternate takes of Carrie Fisher from Episode 7 were used and combined with Episode 9 footage,” they explain. “Her hair and costume were created digitally.”

The clip also goes into the process of creating the flashback sequence of Luke and Leia training, revealing: “Footage from Episode 5 and Episode 6 were used to create the faces of young Luke and Leia in this flashback sequence.”

Speaking previously to Digital Spy about the Leia scenes in The Rise of Skywalker, director JJ Abrams called them a “gift” to fans.

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“It was weird because on the one hand it was work, but on the other hand you knew it was a gift to the fans and important to the story, but the most important wasn’t there so it was kind of a bittersweet experience,” he said.

Meanwhile, Disney’s boss has confirmed that the Star Wars movies have now gone on “hiatus”, revealing: “The priority [for the franchise] in the next few years is television.”

Check out how Carrie was incorporated into The Rise of Skywalker below:

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is out now.

From: Digital Spy

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