Director Rian Johnson Admits Getting Creative with Carrie Fisher’s Performance in ‘The Last Jedi’

How director Rian Johnson and his team got creative with the late Carrie Fisher’s ADR.

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Carrie Fisher, despite finishing all her scenes in The Last Jedi, was unable to take part in any last minute changes in post-production due to her untimely death in December 2016.

Fisher was unable to complete the ADR (Additional Voice Recording), which is generally used to replace low quality audio recordings or substitute lines.

Director Rian Johnson spoke to Rolling Stone about the process of what had to be done.

“We had to do a lot fo sound work and that was kind of touch, but we managed. We have a great sound team and we managed to pull her dialogue out and find little snippets from here and there and make it work. You do what you’ve gotta do.”

The response may be a little cryptic given the initial plans for the character in Episode IX Is the additional ADR work used for the purpose of cleaning up the performance or are they going to explain how General Leia is going to make her exit from the franchise.

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Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said Leia won’t be recast and there was no plans to digitally recreate Fisher in Episode IX as she was in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. During the filming of Rogue One, Fisher gave her blessing for a younger digital recreation on a body double as the film conclusion to transition directly into A New Hope.

Do you think Leia survives The Last Jedi or will she be written off a different way?

You’ll see Fisher’s final performance when The Last Jedi comes to theaters December 15.