Carrie Fisher and Daughter Billie Lourd Will Appear in Scenes Together in New Star Wars Film | 5/22/2019 | Staff
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Fans of Carrie Fisher will be able to see the star live on in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker — with her daughter Billie Lourd right beside her.

Director J.J. Abrams told Vanity Fair he used old footage of Fisher for the upcoming Episode IX and had cut Lourd, 26, out of those scenes with her late mother thinking it would be too painful for the young actress to see.

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Instead, Lourd asked him to keep their scenes intact.

“There are moments where they’re talking; there are moments where they’re touching,” Abrams said of the mother-daughter duo. “There are moments in this movie where Carrie is there, and I really do feel there is an element of the uncanny, spiritual, you know, classic Carrie, that it would have happened this way, because somehow it worked.”

He added, “And I never thought it would.”

Abrams rediscovered footage of Fisher that was filmed during The Force Awakens and was able to rewrite scenes in The Rise of Skywalker around the old footage.

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