As we all await the trailer for ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ to finally be released (hopefully it will come out with ‘Captain Marvel?’), rumors and speculation about ‘Episode IX’ continue to run rampant, fueled by every new bit of news or photo from the set. Most recently, it was sparked by a Tweet from director J.J. Abrams announcing the end of principal photography on the film, with a heartfelt message thanking the cast and crew for all of their work, and a picture of the principal cast members, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, and John Boyega all embracing on set, which appears to be a desert location similar to Jakku (or maybe even Tatooine if they are going really old-school).
It feels impossible, but today wrapped photography on Episode IX. There is no adequate way to thank this truly magical crew and cast. I’m forever indebted to you all. pic.twitter.com/138AprtFuZ
— JJ Abrams (@jjabrams) February 15, 2019
What most people have noticed though is the fact that Ridley is sporting a look, in both hair and clothing, VERY similar (almost identical) to her look from ‘The Force Awakens,’ which is perplexing until you stop and think about how they plan on bringing back General Leia in this film. Abrams plans on using footage of Carrie Fisher not needed for ‘The Force Awakens’ and ‘The Last Jedi’ in the final chapter of the trilogy, which means any characters who were in those scenes with Fisher would need to look the same as they did the first time around. So the feeling is, there are scenes with Rey and Leia that were not used from ‘The Force Awakens’ that Abrams is using, but in order to maintain continuity, Rey had to return to her old style so she would look the same in the scenes with Fisher and in the scenes with the other characters in ‘Episode IX.’.
I know it certainly sounds odd, but if it all works out, it will be very cool to see Carrie Fisher one last time on screen, hopefully, giving that proper send-off that was not quite given to her in ‘The Last Jedi.’
What are your thoughts on how Fisher’s old footage is being used and the odds of success for this process? Do you think the film might feel slightly off with scenes with Leia that might not make the most sense in context since they were not written for this movie? Or do you trust Abrams and company to have thought this all through and figured it out? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below!