As a final act in the Rise of Skywalker, Princess Leia was supposed to wield a lightsaber. According to Carrie Fisher’s brother, in an interview with Yahoo Entertainment, before her death, Fisher would finally get the moment that Star Wars fans have been waiting for. Leia would have been a full-fledged Jedi in the final installment of the Skywalker Saga.

She was going to be the big payoff in the final film… She was going to be the last Jedi, so to speak. That’s cool right?

Todd Fisher on Leia’s Original Rise of Skywalker payoff.

Later in the interview, Todd speaks about how they used previous footage of Carrie to give her a fitting sendoff in Rise of Skywalker.

This is, in its own way, a payoff. … It’s Carrie talking to us all from beyond. The beautiful thing about the concept of the Force is that there is no real death; you just exist in another dimension. So Carrie is looking down or sideways or wherever and is still part of us. To be able to see that — it’s magical stuff only in the movies.

Todd Fisher on his sister and how the film gives her a fitting end.

Why You Should Care About This

This is tremendous news for any Star Wars fan, no matter how hateful their heart might be. If you’re not excited to get at least one last look at Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia, you should go find another franchise to watch and love. For many people, Princess Leia was a light and a look into what women can do in badass action roles. Carrie Fisher was an even bigger light for people around the writing industry and the world. She will be missed, so let’s hope that her final hurrah in Rise of Skywalker is a fitting one for the fiery woman we all love so much. Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker comes out on December 19th.

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