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Billie Lourd Talks Continuing Carries Legacy in The Rise of Skywalker

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  1. SWNN Probe

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    With The Rise of Skywalker's digital release next week, fans will get to go behind the scenes with the feature length documentary The Skywalker Legacy. Yesterday, Good Morning America offered a special preview of the documentary looking at how Billie Lourd continued her mother's legacy and helped bring Leia to life in a key scene from the film.



    In the short clip, Billie Lourd says that being able to include Carrie as Leia was 'literally like a gift from her,' before joking that it could also be her mother's way of 'forcing us to make her the star of the movie.' The special preview talks briefly about the choice to go back and show Leia's Jedi training, with behind the scenes footage of Lourd stepping into her mother's shoes to shoot the flashback of Leia's duel with Luke Skywalker.



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    In addition to Lourd's role, the short preview also shows how the filmmakers worked to bring Carrie back and weave the footage they had into the story of The Rise of Skywalker. According to visual effects supervisor Patrick Tubach they did whatever they could to 'recreate everything as faithfully as it was on the day'. From the staging of the scene to the lighting to the blocking of the actors, everything was taken into account to make Carrie's scenes as authentic and natural as possible. It was a difficult and emotional process for everyone, but director J.J. Abrams says having Lourd by his side is something he will always be grateful for.



    The Skywalker Legacy is just one of the special features that will be included with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker when it goes on sale digitally on March 17, and on physical Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, and 4K Ultra HD on March 31.



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    I don't know why but IMO young Luke looked more convincing than young Jedi Leia. But it's really cool that they used Billie Lourd as a stand-in for the flashback scene.
     
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    Would anybody else just preferred that they gave Billie Lourd a bigger arc in these movies, and we actually saw her do Jedi training? I wish we'd gotten more of the Connix character in general.
     
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    I love Billie, and I hope the experience of filming this wasn't too painful for her.

    But yeah, @Jaxxon... even though it might've been a bit meta, I really wish there'd at least been a scene of Leia passing the torch to Connix, so to speak.
     
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    It would have been a little meta. But it also would have been narratively satisfying. I like it when the main characters aren't necessarily the in-universe bigshots. Having Poe and Finn turn into the leaders makes sense since they're the heroes of our story.

    But compare it to the original trilogy. Was Han Solo a leader and a hero? Sure. But he didn't take the place of Mon Mothma. To me, it leant the story a level of believability that our perspective characters aren't necessarily the ones calling all the shots. Because that's the real-life experience for most of us in the audience.

    If the leadership torch had passed to a character like Connix, that could've leant a layer of reality to the story. Like, "oh, our perspective characters aren't the only people of consequence in this galaxy."
     
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    Definitely!

    In fact, that's a problem I have with the prequels as well. I get that the "chosen one" thing makes this a little tough, but making Obi Wan the best duelist in the Jedi Order and Anakin the best fleet commander is a little much.

    I like, as you say- characters who are the heroes, but still not calling the shots. People at the right place in the right time, making the right decisions under pressure.
     
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