Fans were dealt a crushing blow in late 2016, when Carrie Fisher passed away, before the release of ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’. That obviously meant that Fisher would not be able to film the final ‘Star Wars’ movie, ‘Episode IX’ which comes out this December. But fortunately, J.J. Abrams, who directed Fisher in 2015’s ‘The Force Awakens’, actually shot a lot of additional unused footage of Fisher that he then integrated into ‘Episode IX’. Not much is known about these scenes, beyond that a lot of them were with Oscar Isaac, who plays pilot Poe Dameron.
Isaac can currently be seen in the Netflix original movie ‘Triple Frontier’, and while promoting it, spoke to Sirius XM Insight’s John Fugelsang. Isaac was asked about the incorporation of the unused Fisher footage, to which he responded:
“I wasn’t surprised because I remember we were doing that, we worked a lot. [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.”
He also added that while it was a rough decision one way or the other, as to whether to use the footage, it made sense to do right by the character.
“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.”
As if there weren’t enough pressure on ‘Episode IX’, the absolute last movie in the classic ‘Star Wars’ saga, now it has the added obligation to properly send-off Leia, something that fans feel that the two prior movies have NOT done for Han Solo and Luke Skywalker.
If you want to hear Isaac’s entire interview, you can check it out below:
While on #TellMeJohn yesterday, @netflix ‘Triple Frontier’ actor & @starwars star Oscar Isaac spoke to @JohnFugelsang about the effects parenting has had on his craft & the joys of working with the late Carrie Fisher
— SiriusXM Insight 🔊 (@SXMInsight) March 12, 2019