Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is going to tug on fans’ heartstrings.
In addition to wrapping up the Skywalker Saga, which started with the original 1977 film, J.J. Abrams’ final Star Wars movie will also mark the late Carrie Fisher’s last appearance as Princess Leia. (Abrams is using footage of Fisher shot for The Force Awakens, along with unearthed footage pre-dating that, footage that no one has seen before.)
One of Fisher’s scenes was featured prominently in Rise of Skywalker‘s first teaser trailer, where Leia and Rey (Daisy Ridley) share an embrace. While promoting her new movie, Ophelia, Ridley revealed to Vulture what Fisher whispered to her while shooting that moment – and it’s not what you may expect:
“She was actually whispering, ‘This is a f**king long hug.’ [Laughs.],” Ridley recalled. “I was trying to do my acting, like, ‘Oh my god, Carrie!’ There wasn’t any discussion about what we were gonna do.” Watch the hug below:
Fisher’s wit (and use of profanity) is well known among fans and colleagues, so choosing not to play it straight during this tender moment isn’t surprising. It’s also not surprising that watching the brief scene proved to be quite emotional for Fisher’s costar.
The scene makes Ridley “incredibly sad,” especially given how it plays out in the grander scheme of the movie, which will feature Fisher essentially “brought back to life” on the silver screen in a way that “resonates so much” with The Rise of Skywalker storyline. Reportedly, Episode IX will heavily reference themes and events (think Return of the Jedi‘s final moments) that were critical to the completion of Luke’s arc and are critical to Rey completing hers.
While Luke Skywalker is officially coming back as a Force Ghost, here’s hoping Rise of Skywalker gives Leia and her brother one last family reunion in that galaxy far, far away.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker opens December 20.