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Leia in The Rise Of Skywalker

Discussion in 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' started by C2P2, Jan 20, 2021.

  1. C2P2

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    As an avid Leia fan, I have often wondered what Leia's role would have been like in The Rise Of Skywalker if Carrie had still been here for the filming :(.

    I would have loved to have seen some kind of confrontation between her and Palpatine. not only has Palpatine manipulated her son, but he manipulated her father, almost killed her brother and Leia has always been that 'thorn in the Emperors side'. After all she was the one who finally brought Ben back to the light, even though it cost her her life. She played a major part in the stealing of the Emperors Death Star plans giving the Rebels a huge advantage over the Empire. Her actions ultimately lead to the destruction of the first Death Star (along with some help from Luke, Han and Obi-Wan).

    I'd love to hear other opinions and ideas regarding Leias role in The Rise of Skywalker!

    (Sorry if this has already been discussed)
     
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    I definitely think there would have been an interaction between Leia and Kylo/Ben.
     
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    I definitely think The Rise of Skywalker would have been very Leia-centric. I believe we would definitely have had mother and son face to face at least one time. Which is something that I am still a little disappointed about not having in the movies, but understandable because of the circumstances.
     
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    Yeah, I think this is probably the big thing that would've happened.

    I think Leia would also have played a big role that Lando ended up filling, in rallying the galaxy to aid in the big finish. And since they'd probably have spent more (ie any) time on that story, it would've felt a lot more fulfilling... and I don't mean to be too negative, as I still get chills from "it's just... people, sir".

    I'm not sure she'd have been involved with the Palpatine story (assuming Palps was even a factor still in that script), but that has some interesting possibilities as well.
     
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    Pretty much my thoughts. I mean, look at the opening crawls for 7 and 8

    TFA
    “With the support of the REPUBLIC, General Leia Organa leads a brave RESISTANCE. She is desperate to find her brother Luke and gain his help in restoring peace and justice to the galaxy.”

    TLJ
    “Only General Leia Organa's band of RESISTANCE fighters stand against the rising tyranny, certain that Jedi Master Luke Skywalker will return and restore a spark of hope to the fight.”

    Leveraging Luke’s reputation to unify the galaxy in resisting against the FO was her primary objective. It’s certainly odd that, in the end, neither she or Luke had any direct involvement in achieving that objective. Not even through their handpicked successors, Poe and Rey. Lando does this . . . offscreen.

    I certainly hope Leia would have been a more active participant had the script not been so tragically restricted.
     
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    The Rise of Skywalker is FAR from a perfect film, but I really think it did the best that it could with the little Leia footage they had to work with, and in a weird way, they were still able to make the film feel like hers (as much as possible). It made me really happy to see Leia take on the role as Rey’s mentor and embrace her destiny as a Jedi. Obviously I would’ve loved to see Episode IX with Leia even more at the forefront, had Carrie lived, but I think it was a really beautiful ending to her story.

    For what it’s worth, even though Episode IX was supposedly always supposed to be Leia’s film, Colin Trevorrow’s script for Duel of the Fates didn’t give Leia a prominent role at all, and that was written before Carrie passed away. Say what you will about JJ Abrams, but it was really clear in the way he approached Leia’s arc in The Rise of Skywalker that he had a tremendous amount of love and respect for Carrie, and I’m not sure that somebody who never worked with her could’ve ever given the same love and affection to her character.

    In a perfect world, I would’ve loved to see Leia have a more active role (and a more direct interaction with Ben) in Episode IX, but I still walked away from that film having all of my hopes for her character satisfied –– she took on Rey as a Padawan, embraced her role as a Jedi, catalyzed Ben’s redemption, and reunited with her family in the afterlife while leaving behind a legacy that would live on through Rey.
     
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    Absolutely! What they managed to pull off, not just FX-wise, but in regards to powerful character drama and Leia's role in the overall story, is nothing short of brilliant. So much love went into making this movie...
     
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    I would agree and I think it was tastefully and respectfully done.
     
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    In retrospect it all felt a bit weird but I am glad they included her. I think it was the right call.
     
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