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LEIA Was Originally Planned to be STAR WARS’ Real LAST JEDI, According to Late Actor’s Brother

Star Wars: The Last Jedi
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Carrie Fisher's Leia Organa Solo was intended to be the actual last Jedi in Disney's <strong>Star Wars</strong> saga, according to the late actor's brother Todd Fisher.


"She was going to be the big payoff in the final film," Fisher told <em><a href="https://uk.movies.yahoo.com/details-of-carrie-fishers-rise-of-skywalker-role-revealed-102741238.html">Yahoo</a>. "</em>She was going to be the last Jedi, so to speak. That’s cool right?"


The idea of a 'last Jedi' was introduced when the eighth film was subtitled <strong>The Last Jedi</strong>, and those involved in the film were mum on who it was referring to - even pausing at disclosing if it was referring to a specific person or a broader ideal.


"People used to say to me, ‘Why is it that Carrie never gets a lightsaber and chops up some bad guys?'" Todd Fisher said. "Obi-Wan was in his prime when he was Carrie’s age!"


Following Fisher's death in 2016, plans for what would later become known as <strong>Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker</strong> were <a href="https://www.newsarama.com/34066-no-leia-in-star-wars-episode-ix-says-kathleen-kennedy-but-carrie-fisher-worked-on-the-last-jedi-script.html">amended by Lucasfilm to not include Fisher's character</a>. According to Todd Fisher, it was J.J. Abrams - who signed on for <strong>Rise of Skywalker </strong>after Carrie Fisher's death - that figured out a way to include her in the ninth film.


"The truth is that J.J. Abrams was great friends with Carrie; he had an extraordinary sense of love for her," her brother said. "They had eight minutes of footage. They grabbed every frame and analysed it... and then reverse-engineered it and [got] it into the story the right way. It’s kind of magical."


<strong>Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker</strong> is scheduled to open in theaters December 20.

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