Carrie Fisher passing away was already hard on Star Wars fans but considering the large role she was set to play in Star Wars: Episode IX it put Lucasfilm in a bind storywise. How do they give the character the proper send-off that she deserves? Well, it turns out there was some unused footage from The Force Awakens that director J.J. Abrams was able to fit into Episode IX. Some of those scenes include Poe Dameron as played by Oscar Isaac. He recently spoke to SiriusXM Insight (via Entertainment Weekly) about how he wasn't entirely surprised that they were using the unused footage.
"I wasn't surprised because I remember we were doing that, we worked a lot," Isaac said. "[Fisher] and I worked together so much. We would talk about the scenes, and we got very tight during the shooting of that. So it was a beautiful thing to see, and it gets carried over into the new film as well."
Isaac went on to say that it was a hard choice one way or another but that he sees this as the best way to not only honor Leia as a character but Fisher as a person.
"It was definitely an unusual thing, but I also think it was right to engage with her character, and not just let it be something that fades away," he said. "[Episode IX will give Leia and Fisher] a proper place of honor."
Leia and Poe's interactions have been some of the best moments of the comics so it was kind of a shame that we didn't get to see that explored on screen. It sounds like we'll be getting some of that in Episode IX and hopefully, they figure out a way to give Leia a proper goodbye.
Star Wars: Episode IX, directed by J.J. Abrams, stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, Keri Russell, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, and Billy Dee Williams.
It will be flying into theaters on December 20th, 2019.