Last Christmas, Rogue One achieved something miraculous. The dynamic storyline of this standalone movie from the much beloved franchise managed to fuse a host of fresh new faces with a selection of iconic characters from the original movies — some of which were no longer alive.
Thanks to the astounding advances of modern technology, audiences were able to watch the late Peter Cushing resurrected in his role as Grand Moff Tarkin — and perhaps more poignantly, a young Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia also made a vital appearance even though only a couple of weeks after the movie premiered, she tragically passed away. However, before she died, she was shown the clip of her feature in the movie — and she didn't even realize it was CGI!
Carrie Fisher's Disbelief At Rogue One's Vital Scene
Princess Leia (who was played by Ingvild Deila in the movie) features at a key moment in the film, acting as the vital link between Star Wars: Rogue One and Star Wars: A New Hope.
Amazingly, when Carrie Fisher saw the footage of her virtually comprised younger self that was going to be included in the movie, she couldn't believe she wasn't looking at a clip of herself — the entire scene actually being a combination of Ingvild Deila's acting and CGI.
'We were all just so pleased she approved it'
Speaking to Fandango, Rouge One director Gareth Edwards stated that LucasFilm Chief Kathleen Edwards went over to show Carrie Fisher the clip and the whole crew were relieved by her response:
"She [Carrie Fisher] thought we had some footage. She didn't remember the take and thought we had manipulated a take from the original film. But they told her it was all computer generated and she was really impressed. We were all just so pleased she approved it."
Rogue One Is A 'Love Letter' To Carrie, And The Way She Inspired A Generation
However, Edwards did highlight his huge regret that he never got to meet the iconic star before her tragic passing:
"I had never gotten to meet her, and I always thought that I'd meet her down the line and be able to talk about this and thank her for it. Sadly, that's not possible. But I feel like the movie in a way is one big love letter to that moment, and passing that gauntlet to her, and the way she inspired us all as kids."