Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker--Carrie Fisher's Daughter Stood In For Her During One Scene
"No one's ever really gone."
Warning: this post contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker contains several scenes featuring Leia Organa, Carrie Fisher's character from the previous entries in the series. However, Fisher tragically passed away before filming began, and many elements of the film had to be rewritten to compensate for her absence.
While most of the footage seen in the final film is made up of deleted scenes from The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, one shot set in the past was done using digital effects and a stand-in--Billie Lourd, Fisher's own daughter. In an interview with Yahoo Entertainment, Industrial Light & Magic visual effects supervisor Patrick Tubac has opened up about a shot that necessitated a body double.
Late in the film, a flashback scene reveals that Luke and Leia trained together following the events of Return of the Jedi, and that Leia was a proficient Jedi in her own right. In the scene, Luke and Leia fight while wearing masks, but remove them at the end. Mark Hamill played Luke, who was digitally de-aged in the final shot, and Billie Lourd filled in as Leia. Lourd also has her own character in the trilogy, lieutenant Kaydel Ko Connix.
"It was a poignant thing, and something that nobody took lightly," Tubac says, "that she was willing to stand in for her mom."
Elsewhere in the piece, visual effects supervisor Roger Guyett confirms that there's no cut footage of a ghost Ben Solo, as the effect was never created, nor were on-screen cameos of past Jedi like Anakin and Mace Windu planned, even though their voices appear. They also confirm that there are not extensive deleted scenes offering further explanation of Palpatine's return, at least not any that the effects team was involved with.