One of the most emotional moments in the first trailer for The Rise of Skywalker was the hug between Carrie Fisher’s General Leia and Daisy Ridley’s Rey, and speaking in an interview with Vulture Daisy described the filming of those scenes, which were reused shots from The Force Awakens.
Vulture: In the new Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker trailer, we see you and Carrie Fisher embracing, a tear running down your face. I know that that scene was compiled using unused footage from The Force Awakens, but do you remember the original context of that moment?
DR: I do! It’s not a million miles away from what this scene is. It was very sad. I found it very moving to watch it, because I do remember the original. And it’s a strange thing to do, for someone that’s not around anymore to be brought back to life. It’s eerie that it resonates so much with what the story is this time. It’s pretty amazing.
Vulture: Do you remember how you and Carrie discussed playing the scene?
DR: She was actually whispering, “This is a f****** long hug.” [Laughs.] I was trying to do my acting, like, “Oh my god, Carrie!” There wasn’t any discussion about what we were gonna do.
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