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Carrie Fisher Was Excited For 'Rise Of The Skywalker' To Be 'Leia's Movie'

And now we're crying.

When Carrie Fisher died in December 2016, she’d finished shooting her scenes for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but had yet to begin on Rise of the Skywalker, meaning unused footage of the actress would have to be used to bring her back to life in the finale of the Skywalker saga.

Now, Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourd, who has appeared in the last three main Star Wars films as Lt. Connix, has revealed how excited her mother was about The Rise of Skywalker before she passed away.

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The plan was for each of the original Star Wars actors to have a film that focused on their character, so Harrison Ford’s was The Force Awakens, Mark Hamill’s was The Last Jedi, and Fisher’s was meant to be Rise of the Skywalker.

In a tribute to her mother for Time, Lourd wrote, “We wrapped The Last Jedi a little less than six months before she died. I went back to L.A. to film the show I was on, and she stayed in London to film the show she was on.

“One of the last times we spoke on the phone, she talked about how excited she was that the next movie in the trilogy was going to be Leia’s movie. Her movie.”

Lourd recalled how as a child she didn’t want to watch Star Wars because it was “too loud” and only decided to give it a go when boys began coming up to her at school saying they fantasised about her mother.

“I had to investigate who this person was they were talking about,” she wrote.

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After watching the movie and realising how widespread the love for Leia was, she finally understood how special the whole thing was.

She added, “I realized then that Leia is more than just a character. She’s a feeling. She is strength. She is grace. She is wit. She is femininity at its finest. She knows what she wants, and she gets it. She doesn’t need anyone to defend her, because she defends herself. And no one could have played her like my mother. Princess Leia is Carrie Fisher. Carrie Fisher is Princess Leia. The two go hand in hand.”

Yep, we’re definitely crying…

The GoT Showrunners' Scrapped Star Wars Trilogy Actually Sounds Pretty Cool

What could have been...

Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss announced this week they would no longer be producing their own Star Wars trilogy for 2022 after signing a $250 million deal with Netflix in August.

In a statement released by Lucasfilm, the pair said they love Star Wars, but their schedules were simply too full.

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“We love Star Wars,” they said. “When George Lucas built it, he built us too. Getting to talk about Star Wars with him and the current Star Wars team was the thrill of a lifetime, and we will always be indebted to the saga that changed everything.”

“There are only so many hours in the day, and we felt we could not do justice to both Star Wars and our Netflix projects. So we are regretfully stepping away [from Star Wars].”

Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy didn’t close the door on a possible collaboration in the future and added, “David Benioff and Dan Weiss are incredible storytellers. We hope to include them in the journey forward when they are able to step away from their busy schedule to focus on Star Wars.”

Now, we’re finally learning what story the GoT showrunners wanted to explore in their trilogy, and it sounds like it could have been pretty cool.

While the Skywalker Saga is set to end with The Rise of Skywalker, Benioff and Weiss were reportedly interested in exploring the origins of the Jedi according to Variety.

The history of the Jedi has previously been touched on, but we have yet to see how they first formed and began dedicating their lives to protecting the galaxy.

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The publication reports that the filmmakers and the Lucasfilm executives began to see their visions for the films diverge during meetings (as often happens with Star Was directors and writers) and when Benioff and Weiss signed the Netflix deal it seemed to signal they were keen to explore other opportunities.

When it was clear Lucasfilm and the creators weren’t thinking along the same lines, the studio reportedly began meeting with other writers.

The Hollywood Reporter notes the pair’s exit had been “brewing” since August and they were having doubts about jumping into the Star Wars franchise because of the “toxic fandom”.

They also report that Kennedy wasn’t happy with the Netflix deal because they were meant to be focusing on Star Wars and only Star Wars. She was apparently not convinced the pair, who is known for being able to focus on only one project at a time, would be able to work on the Star Wars trilogy as well as their Netflix projects.

Rian Johnson is also working on his own Star Wars trilogy and Marvel’s Kevin Feige is also slated to do one movie with Lucasfilm which could potentially serve as the first chapter in a longer story.

Who knows, maybe one of those stories will end up being about the origins of the Jedi?

Oh Dear, Fans Are Convinced C-3PO's Going To Die In 'Rise Of The Skywalker'

"One last look..."

It didn’t take long after Disney released the trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker for fans to find clues and while it didn’t answer all too many questions, it did leave many people questioning whether C-3PO will make it to the end of the film.

In the trailer, there’s a scene of the droid with Poe, Rey and Finn and when asked how he’s doing he says he wants to get “one last look… at my friends.”

We don’t get any more hints as to why C-3PO is getting ready to say goodbye, but fans were already worried about the droid after catching a glimpse of him with menacing red eyes at the D23 Expo.

Fans took to Twitter to share their heartbreak over the possibility that another beloved Star Wars character would bite the dust.

Some thought it was nice that his story would be coming full circle, but others were ready to riot if he does die.

Some were also heartbroken by the fact it would be so sad if he did die as he wouldn’t know the impact he had on the whole story.

Others thought of how sad it would be that he’d be leaving R2-D2 behind.

Following the whole creepy red eyes scene, some fans were worried the droid would be taken to the dark side or was perhaps being rewired to help the resistance.

The actor behind C-3PO, Anthony Daniels, recently revealed to The Times, he thinks Disney went overboard and released too many films too quickly.

“I think they did overstep the mark and got overenthusiastic. People became satiated. Star Wars went full tilt and overfed the audience,” he said.

Star Wars fatigue was proven when Solo was released only a few months after The Last Jedi – while the film should have performed really well at the box office, it fell well short of the $1 billion mark, a figure most films in the franchise easily hit.

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Whether or not C-3PO dies in the film, we’ll no doubt be left feeling very emotional thanks to literally any scene Carrie Fisher is in as Leia Organa.

Filming on The Rise of Skywalker had not yet begun when Fisher sadly passed away in 2016, but when they did start shooting, Disney announced they would be using previously unseen footage of her rather than CGI.

Leia was originally meant to be at the forefront of the film like Han Solo and Luke Skywalker were for the previous two films.

We just hope Leia is given a fitting farewell in the film.

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