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Lights Go Out During 'Star Wars' Panel As JJ Abrams Mentions Carrie Fisher

During a 'Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker' panel, the film's director and co-writer, JJ Abrams, was talking about Carrie Fisher when the lights went out.

Fisher has starred in every 'Star Wars' film since 'A New Hope' in 1977 but tragically died in 2016 after suffering a heart attack. At the time, she had already filmed all her scenes for 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi', so they were able to include her in the film.

When it came to the final chapter of the Skywalker saga, something Leia has been a core part of, Abrams was able to use old footage from 'Last Jedi' and 'The Force Awakens'.

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The upcoming 'Rise of Skywalker' will also mark Carrie Fisher's final on-screen performance.

When speaking about how he integrated Fisher into the film, and her role within 'Rise of Skywalker' during a panel discussion, Abrams uttered the words "the lighting" when suddenly the stage lights flicked off.

"That's amazing," the director remarked before adding, "Hi Carrie... that's so Carrie, by the way, to do that."

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Before she made her presence known to the panel, Abrams was talking about how it was impossible to wrap-up the sequel Star Wars trilogy -- and the Skywalker saga -- without Leia.

"And there was no way we were going to do digital Leia," he said via InsideTheMagic. "When we went back to look at the scenes we hadn't used in 'The Force Awakens', what we realised was we had an opportunity."

While Abrams also admitted that, had Fisher been alive when they made 'Rise of Skywalker', they may have done something a little different but was quick to shut down that line of thinking saying, "We had been editing with her for about a year, and she has been very much alive with us in every scene."

"It's still emotional and moving to think of her and how sad we all are that she's not up here sitting with us today," Abrams added.

Set a year after 'The Last Jedi', 'Rise of the Skywalker' sees the dwindling Resistance face the First Order again, promising some major battles, revelations and -- we hope -- Fish Nuns.

'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' will hit cinemas across Australia on December 19.

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