(Warning: Mild spoilers follow.)

Was the reason for Carrie Fisher’s appearance in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker only because of unused footage from Star Wars: The Force Awakens?

Carrie Fisher is dead. Yet, she is was in Rise of Skywalker quite a bit. Her character, General Leia Organa, even embraces another character. That’s besides wearing different outfits.

Lucasfilm/Disney claimed that Fisher was going to be in the film just because of the utilization of unused footage of Fisher from The Force Awakens. But there’s the amount of footage of Fisher…. Fisher’s physical contact with another character (she hugs Rey) and the different outfits.

I’m dubious.

Lucasfilm did not return a request for comment about whether Carrie Fisher was in Rise of Skywalker for at least one other reason besides unused footage of her from The Force Awakens.

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Image: Lucasfilm Ltd

It seems clear that computer-generated imagery was also used to produce Leia in Rise of Skywalker. But Lucasfilm said in Jan. 2017 that it wouldn’t use CGI to re-create Fisher:

We don’t normally respond to fan or press speculation, but there is a rumor circulating that we would like to address. We want to assure our fans that Lucasfilm has no plans to digitally recreate Carrie Fisher’s performance as Princess or General Leia Organa. Carrie Fisher was, is, and always will be a part of the Lucasfilm family. She was our princess, our general, and more importantly, our friend. We are still hurting from her loss. We cherish her memory and legacy as Princess Leia, and will always strive to honor everything she gave to ‘Star Wars.’”

So did Lucasfilm violate that pledge?

In short words, yes, they did. This is besides the fact that a CGI Leia did appear in the film. So, this whole article could be about the fact that Lucasfilm did indeed break its promise.

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General Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) and Rey (Daisy Ridley) in STAR WARS: EPISDOE IX

The Rise of Skywalker director J.J. Abrams said this in an official statement in July 2018 about using Fisher footage: “We desperately loved Carrie Fisher. Finding a truly satisfying conclusion to the Skywalker saga without her eluded us. We were never going to recast or use a CG character. With the support and blessing from her daughter, Billie, we have found a way to honor Carrie’s legacy and role as Leia in ‘Episode IX’ by using unseen footage we shot together in ‘Episode VII.’”

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