“I will not be the last Jedi,” was the words Luke Skywalker uttered at the end of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”. At the time, many audience would assume that he was hinting at Rey, with the screen immediately cutting to her.
But that was not originally the case, as revealed by Carrie Fisher’s brother to Yahoo Entertainment. According to Todd Fisher, his sister’s character Leia, was supposed to emerge as a full-fledge Jedi in the movie – complete with her very own lightsaber.
That said, the studio was forced to make changes when they learned about the iconic actress’s death, in late 2016. “She was going to be the big payoff in the final film,” the brother said, adding, “She was going to be the last Jedi, so to speak. That’s cool right?”
The idea of Leia being a Jedi Warrior would have fitted well within the movie. This was made more apparently, when the fans were teased about in the 2017’s flick. The scene was when the princess used the force to pull herself to safety, after she was thrown into outer space by the First Order.
It would have been interesting to see how her story would have developed in “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”. Would she be training Daisy Ridley’s character? Would she sacrifice herself for the greater good like what her brother or Obi-wan did? Guess we would never really know.
One thing is for sure – that the scavenger-turn-Jedi Rey was always going to be the main focus and the Last Jedi. But we will still keep an eye out on how they will conclude Leia’s story.
The scenes with the icon in the upcoming movie will be incorporating unused footages from “Star Wars: The Force Awaken”. “They had eight minutes of footage,” Fisher told Yahoo. “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.”
When asked about how the “reverse-engineering” was done, the brother refused to elaborate. But he did add that director J.J. Abram found a way to address the lost in an emotional way. “This is in its own way a payoff… it’s Carrie talking to us all from beyond,” he added.
At the meant time, why not check out the latest trailer one last time. And see the hug between Rey and Leia below:
We do hope the movie does well and can recoup the respect of some fans who felt betrayed by Disney. And we especially hope that the new movie can finally answer the question of what Rey’s final name is.
The movie is set to release in cinema on 19th December 2019.