Warning: Spoilers for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story below. If you're the type who hates stuck-up, half-witted, scruffy-looking nerf herders ruining movies for them, close your shield gate now.
After getting to the end of #RogueOne and feeling rather emotional as you watched the massive explosion blow over the helpless #Jyn and Cassian, the film then hit us with a final powerful moment as the plans for the Death Star narrowly escaped the clutches of Darth Vader and were placed into the hands of Princess Leia Organa.
Leia's cameo was one of the best kept secret in the film, and her appearance was truly a triumphant of technology. However, Carrie Fisher's 1977 likeness wasn't brought (back) to life using CGI alone, and much of the scenes success can be put down to actress Ingvild Deila, who played Leia in Rogue One.
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While Deila initially acted in the scene, later in post-production the team from Light and Magic, Lucasfilm's in-house visual effects company, later used archival footage to alter Deila's looks and voice to more accurately match Fisher's. The use of a body double meant that Leia's movements and features looked life-like and convincing.
But for Deila not only was it an enormous honor to place Leia in the film it was an enormous secret to keep as well, having to stay silent about her part in the movie for around 18 months!
Much like Fisher back in 1977, Deila's role as Leia is certainly her most high-profile film appearance to date. Prior to Rogue One the 29-year-old UK-based Norwegian has starred in a bunch of short films including Indestructible, Cropped and Hippopotamus, and in the 2014 feature-length This Is Not Happening. In 2015 she even had a role in another famous franchise when she appeared as a World Hub tech in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
But now that Rogue One has been released and we're 18 months away from a Han Solo spinoff, could there be potential for one focussing on Leia? Well that's anyones guess at this stage, but it seems like Deila has officially registered her interest:
Rogue One is out in cinemas now, but if you've already seen it, check out this compilation of clips from the trailer that never made it to the film's final cut:
Were you surprised by Leia's cameo?