Star Wars actor Oscar Isaac has discussed the inclusion of Carrie Fisher in the upcoming ninth instalment of the franchise.
Carrie – who portrayed the iconic Leia Organa in a number of Star Wars movies – sadly passed away back in 2016, but director JJ Abrams has decided to insert some of her previously unused footage in the new film, which is set for release this Christmas.
Oscar recently sat down at radio station SiriusXM (via Entertainment Weekly) to talk about collaborating with the late actress, and why he believes including her character in the latest film is the right decision.
Detailing how he’d worked closely with Carrie during the development of the new Star Wars trilogy, the Dune actor admitted he “wasn’t surprised” that the filmmakers eventually chose to bring her back posthumously.
“[Fisher] and I worked together so much. We would talk about the scenes, and we got very tight during the shooting of that. So it was a beautiful thing to see, and it gets carried over into the new film as well,” he explained.
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Carrie’s posthumous appearance is “definitely an unusual thing” says Oscar, but he also added that “it was right to engage with her character, and not just let it be something that fades away”.
Star Wars: Episode IX will be released in the UK on December 19, 2019 and in the US on December 20, 2019.