Daisy has spoken about the moment she found out Carrie was dead

Daisy Ridley has recalled the heart-breaking moment she was told her Star Wars co-star Carrie Fisher was dead.

The Lucasfilm stalwart passed away on 27 December 2016 after suffering a heart attack, however she still appears in the upcoming The Rise Of Skywalker due to unused footage already shot.

Now in the lead up to the release later this month, Daisy has revealed she was in the cinema when she got the phone call from her agent that her beloved co-star was dead.

Speaking to The Guardian, Daisy said: ‘I spoke to [my agent] Hylda, and went to the bathroom and wailed. Someone sweetly came up to me and asked if I wanted a refund for my ticket.

‘I said, “No, I’m fine” and then I wailed more, and then I had a parking ticket and was, like, this is all awful.’

Carrie makes an appearance in The Rise Of Skywalker (Picture: Lucasfilm)

Carrie’s legendary character Princess Leia has been a general leading the Resistance against the First Order in the last two films in the Star Wars franchise.

In this upcoming film, that wraps up the Skywalker saga and that latest trilogy, director JJ Abrams has explained the use of lighting and past footage is keeping Leia alive in the story.

Daisy added of the ability to keep Carrie in the film: ‘Everyone is really happy with the way the footage has been used, even though it’s difficult to do and watch.

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‘Billie [Lourd, Carrie’s daughter] is in the film, and she says it was a way of working with her mum again. It’s one of those weird things where it’s as satisfying as can be, even amid all the trauma.’

Recently during a panel, JJ said he believed Carrie would be happy with how they used the footage.

‘Had Carrie been around, and it’s still impossible for me to believe she isn’t because we’ve been editing with her for about a year and she’s been very much alive with us in every scene,’ he said.

‘We were able to, I think, do something that Carrie herself … would be happy with,’ he continued. ‘She’s great in the movie, of course, and it’s still emotional and moving to think of her and how sad we all are she’s not sitting here with all of us.’

Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise Of Skywalker is in cinemas 19 December.



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