When Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker hit screens last month, it was the must-see film of the year for Star Wars fans. Capping off the decades-long, iconic franchise, it was a huge deal but questions had been raised over one particular character.
Ever since Carrie Fisher's untimely death in 2016, producers were left with a huge dilemma when it came to Rise of Skywalker, because, what would the final movie be without Princess Leia?
So, the team had to wrack their brains for a solution to their problem, and it seems they struck gold, with people hailing it as "poignant" and "emotional."
Keep scrolling to see what the scene looked like. This is truly heartwarming...
Star Wars is one of the biggest franchises of all time.It all started in 1977, with the first, eponymous movie - and it quickly became a widespread phenomenon.
Since then, there have been many iterations.The first film, now known as episode four, was followed by two sequels. These three movies are now known as the original trilogy.
The movies were universally acclaimed.They featured tons of amazing early special effect sequences, plus fascinating and deeply human character studies.
They also featured an all-star cast.Harrison Ford as Han Solo was a perfect choice and fans still look back on this era fondly. One legendary Star Wars actor recently came out as gender fluid - read more at the end.
And that wasn't all.The original trilogy also starred national treasure, Carrie Fisher, as Princess Leia - and left the part with big shoes to fill!
The original trilogy was followed by more films.The next part of the Star Wars franchise was a trilogy of prequel movies, which were released between 1999 and 2005.
These movies were a huge commercial success.Dubbed "The Tragedy of Darth Vader," this was many young people's introduction to the immersive Star Wars universe.
Star Wars even has a national holiday.Based on a common mishearing of the famous line from the film, May the 4th is now recognized worldwide as a day to celebrate the movies.
The franchise has since had another revival.The sequel trilogy of movies came out between 2015 and 2019, alongside two theatrical anthology films, Rogue One and Solo.
And they haven't been the only newly released Star Wars-related treats.Fans were thrilled by the news of another movie hitting screens.
Sadly, the news is bittersweet...After over 4 decades, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will cap off the lengthy saga - meaning the beloved franchise has officially come to an end.
Rise of the Skywalker hit theaters last month.
For Star Wars fanatics, it was the must-see movie of the entire year.And many eagerly flocked to theaters to get their final fix of the iconic intergalactic saga.
And the verdict?Well, of course, many fans were truly blown away by the flick, believing the well-loved saga got the spectacular conclusion it deserved. The movie has even received a respectable 7.0 score on IMDb.
But there's one element that proved tricky for producers.Following the acting legend, Carrie Fisher's, untimely death in 2016, the team had to find a way to incorporate her into this movie.
The beloved actress had already filmed for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi before her passing.But knowing there was no way the final movie could be without the beloved Princess Leia, the team were left stuck when it came to Rise of Skywalker.
The team had stated they had no plans to digitally re-create Carrie's performance or replace her altogether.Director J.J. Abrams had reassured fans that Carrie would be "very much alive with us" in the movie.
For some of the scenes featuring Carrie, the team were able to use eight minutes of leftover footage from Star Wars: The Force Awakens .But when it came to one important moment, in particular, they had to come up with another idea.
The on-screen moment in question? A key flashback scene.The brief flashback scene shows Leia and Luke training and using their lightsabers. Keep scrolling to see what the scene ended up looking like.
And it was no other than Carrie Fisher's daughter, Billie Lourd, who made the scene possible.According to EW, Billie stepped in for her mom and played her in the flashback. The visual effects team then replaced Lourd’s face with archival footage of Fisher, taken from the original trilogy.
Visual Effects Supervisor, Patrick Tubach, explained that it wasn't a decision the team took lightly.Speaking to Yahoo Entertainment about the scene, Tubach explained: "Billie was playing her mother. It was a poignant thing, and something that nobody took lightly — that she was willing to stand in for her mom." "It felt great for us, too. If you’re going to have someone play [Fisher’s] part, it’s great that it’s [Billie] because there are a lot of similarities between them that we were able to draw from."
As for young Luke, the team used de-aging CGI.
And the de-age cgi for Luke is so good.... legit looks like the original trilogy Luke.... damn https://t.co/maVOC4lJtQ— ✨Cath’ 林혜ミ 🌸 (@✨Cath’ 林혜ミ 🌸)1578462458.0
Here's a snapshot of the scene showing young Leia.
I knew it!!! Billie Lourd (Carrie Fisher’s daughter) played the young Princess Leia !!!! https://t.co/0gRFHUQ7PZ— ✨Cath’ 林혜ミ 🌸 (@✨Cath’ 林혜ミ 🌸)1578451625.0