Carrie Fisher Left 'Star Wars' Director JJ Abrams A Cryptic Message In Her Book

"It was really strange."

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker director JJ Abrams has revealed Carrie Fisher left him a cryptic message in her book before she passed away in 2016.

Speaking to Stephen Colbert on The Late Show, Abrams revealed the actress left him a message in The Princess Diarist, which was released in November 2016, a month before her passing.

He said, “I wasn’t supposed to work on this film [Rise of Skywalker], and she passed away before The Last Jedi was released, and she wrote this book.”

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“She thanks me at the very end, she says, ‘Special thanks to J. J. Abrams, for putting up with me twice.’ And I had never worked with her before The Force Awakens and I wasn’t supposed to direct Episode IX. And it was a very Carrie thing to write something like that and to somehow know. It was really strange.”

Somehow, Fisher knew she’d work with Abrams again, even if it was after she passed away.


Colbert asked Abrams about the rumour that George Lucas had intended the third series of Star Wars films to be Leia’s story. The director responded that he didn’t know if that was the case or not, but explained how they brought Leia to life in the last film in the Skywalker saga.

“She was the greatest. And we knew that there was no way that we could finish this Skywalker saga without Leia. It was impossible. And we knew we’d never want to do a digital Leia and of course couldn’t recast it,” he said.

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Thankfully, he figured out a way around it.

“I remembered we had these scenes that we had shot in The Force Awakens that we’d never used, which at the time I was really upset that we weren’t using them because it was Carrie and it was Leia and how do you not use them? But it just didn’t work in the movie. And weirdly, those scenes were material that we 100 per cent realised that could be used to tell her story in this film.

“So every time you’re seeing Leia in scenes with characters it’s Carrie in this movie.”

He added, “And I still can’t quite believe that she’s gone, because we’ve been working on these scenes in editorial and she’s as there as anyone. It’s really uncanny.”

Mark Ruffalo's Idea For Hulk's Future In The MCU Needs To Be Made Into A Film

It includes the return of a fan favourite character.

We know most of what’s coming from the MCU for the next few years, but one character whose future we aren’t quite sure about is the Hulk, who’s played by Mark Ruffalo.

Fans have been left wondering if the Hulk would get his own solo movie post-Avengers: Endgame, or perhaps a Disney+ show, or even make an appearance in someone else’s movie?

Ruffalo has revealed he’s not opposed to returning as the Hulk, but there just aren’t any plans in place for the character just yet.

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The actor has, however, had a meeting with Marvel boss Kevin Feige and revealed which stories he’d love to cover as the Hulk.

Speaking with Men’s Health, Ruffalo said, “Kevin Feige just asked me last week if I had any more ideas or stories for the Hulk. And I said, ‘Yeah, I think there’s still some stories to tell.’

“And he said, ‘Well why don’t you come in and tell me about them and we’ll see if we can find a place for you in the Marvel universe?'”

He added that the idea he’s been playing with the most would see the Hulk go up against a fan favourite Marvel character.

“Hulk vs. Wolverine. I’d like to see that. Hulk vs. Wolverine,” he said.

Um, that would be amazing! Though it makes us even sadder that Hugh Jackman has hung up his claws.

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Hulk and Wolverine have crossed paths multiple times in the comics over the years with green guy appearing in Wolverine’s comic debut. They’ve also teamed up in the three-issue comic book series “Hulkverines” (terrible name) just this year.

The only problem with this is that we don’t know what Feige’s plans are for the X-Men at this stage. All we know is that he hinted that the mutants and the Fantastic Four will make their MCU debut in the coming years.

We don’t even know if they’re going to want to bring back Wolverine considering Jackman played the character for almost 20 years – how do you really follow that?

At the moment there have been a few actors who have been thrown in the ring by fans including Daniel Radcliffe, Keanu Reeves and Taron Egerton.

Looks like we’ll just have to wait and see what Feige thinks of Ruffalo’s idea to expand the Hulk’s storyline further down the track. The most obvious place for him to show up would be in the Disney+ series She-Hulk, so we can only hope that’s the case!

The New 'Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker' Poster Has People Seriously Confused

"Ummmm what is going on in this poster."

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the final movie in the Skywalker Saga, is set for release this month and we’re still getting new promotional material for the film, but one poster for IMAX is confusing fans about who they’re actually looking at.

The poster focuses on four main characters – could they all possibly be Skywalkers? We’re still waiting to hear more about Rey’s (Daisy Ridley) parents and those questions will definitely be answered in this film with Ridley confirming the news with USA Today.

Fans were very excited to see Rey and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) in the poster with Luke (Mark Hamill) and Leia (Carrie Fisher). In the poster, Carrie is looking in the opposite direction to Luke, the light side, while Rey looks in the same direction as Luke which could be the dark side.

Fans were very excited to see Rey and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) in the poster with Luke (Mark Hamill) and Leia (Carrie Fisher). In the poster, Carrie is looking in the opposite direction to Luke, the light side, while Rey looks in the same direction as Luke, the dark side.

Rey is front and centre and Leia is to the left, but it’s the righthand side that’s left fans confused.

Luke and Kylo’s heads are together in the poster and it looks very strange. Some fans even see Obi-Wan Kenobi instead of Luke (I’ll admit that’s who I saw first). Others are confused about the hair sprouting out of Kylo’s mask, but some fans have noted it’s simply Luke’s hair.

Fans have taken to social media with mixed responses to the poster.

One user commented on the Star Wars Instagram post, “Ummmm what is going on in this poster lol.”

Another added, “Eh, not a big fan of this poster. It’s too confusing and takes a lot of looking just to figure it out.”

Many others questioned why they were seeing Obi-Wan instead of Luke in the poster. Someone wrote, “Pretty sure it’s Luke. But it looks a lot like Obi Wan.”

Other’s questioned why Anakin wasn’t on the poster.

It’s definitely not the clearest of posters, but at least it has kept things simple with only four characters this time.

Luke may have died in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but we know he’ll likely be returning to the film as a Force Ghost. And while Carrie Fisher sadly passed away in 2016, director JJ Abrams had lots of unused footage of the actress in The Force Awakens to use for this film, which was originally meant to be “Leia’s film”.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits cinemas on December 19.

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