Star Wars Celebration Talks Carrie Fisher, Episode IX and More

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More from Star Wars Celebration!

Star Wars Celebration is an event that celebrates everything Star Wars, hence the title. It brings together cast members old and new and sometimes brings new things for fans to enjoy. This year’s is set in Chicago and emceed by Stephen Colbert. Thanks to Hollywood Reporter we’ve got the scoop on what was said.

Carrie Fisher
Carrie Fisher

There are a lot of big reveals happening this year. Among them is the release of the teaser for Star Wars Episode IX, in addition to the title, which is Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Which I’m sure has already launched a million theories and sub-theories. You can read our overview of the teaser here.

Filmmaker JJ Abrams talked about what the movie represents and what they tried to achieve with it.

“This movie, in addition to being the end of three trilogies, it also has to work as its own movie,” said Abrams. “It’s about this new generation and what they’ve inherited, the light and the dark, and asking the question as they face the greatest evil, are they prepared? Are they ready?”

One of the big questions was how they were going to handle everything with Carrie Fisher. We know the actress is appearing in the movie, via unused footage from The Force Awakens.

Legacies of Star Wars

Colbert wondered how they were going to fill the void left by her loss after her death in 2016.

“We couldn’t,” said Abrams. “You don’t recast that part and you don’t suddenly have her disappear. The weird miracle of having a number of scenes from Force Awakens that had got unused, looking at those scenes and starting to understand that there was an actually a way to use those scenes and continue her story, so that it would be her. The idea of having a CG character was off the table. … We said, ‘what if we could write scenes about her so it’s her performance?'”

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Abrams added that Fisher does appear in scenes with her daughter Billie Lourd and confirmed that the movie does not pick up immediately after The Last Jedi.

“Some time has gone by,” Abrams said. “This is an adventure that the group goes on together … One of the great things about the movie, getting to work on it, was the dynamic between the characters. They are just the most wonderful together.”

Speaking of wonderful characters, the incredible Billy Dee Williams returns as the iconic Lando Calrissian for the first time since Return of the Jedi and talks about what it was like to step into his shoes again.

“Lando never left me,” Williams said.

Bringing back Lando Calrissian for the final movie is a gift for longtime fans of the series. Especially when the saga is coming to a close. The Rise of Skywalker is going to be the final chapter in the story that started back in 1977 with Star Wars: A New Hope.

It’s bittersweet but we can’t wait to see it.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker opens Dec. 20.

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