Carrie Fisher had a significant role in the latest Star Wars installment, The Rise of Skywalker, despite her untimely passing in 2016.
Director J.J. Abrams was able to pull unused footage of Fisher, who played Leia Organa, from the two previous films, The Last Jedi and The Force Awakens. While this was all good news for fans who were devastated over her death, people were struck by the flashback scenes of Leia in The Rise of Skywalker, where she was much, much younger.
To the amazement and delight of fans, these flashback scenes were actually played by Fisher's daughter, Billie Lourd.
As reported by ComicBook.com, the visual effects supervisor, Patrick Tubach, revealed to Yahoo!, "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." He also added:
"It was an emotional thing for everybody to see her in that position. 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. The real challenge was just making the Leia footage we had to work with fit in that scene."
Fans will know that the 27-year-old daughter of Fisher is also an actress, appearing in the latest trilogy as Lieutenant Connix for all three films.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is currently playing in theaters.