We now know that those extra scenes of Carrie Fisher that weren't used in "The Force Awakens" -- but will be in "Star Wars: Episode IX" -- will involve Leia's relationship with Poe Dameron.
Oscar Isaac, who plays rebel Poe, told Sirius XM Insight’s John Fugelsang in a new interview that the relationship between the hotshot pilot and the older, wiser general, is a big part of the film.
He says he's glad that the scenes, which were shot before Fisher's death in 2016, will be seen.
"I wasn’t surprised because ... [Fisher] and I worked together so much. We would talk about the scenes, and we got very tight during the shooting of that. So it was a beautiful thing to see, and it gets carried over into the new film as well."
He added, "It was definitely an unusual thing, but I also think it was right to engage with her character, and not just let it be something that fades away."
We're just glad that the footage exists and that we'll get to have some more time with Leia.
Isaac, who is currently costarring in the Netflix action thriller "Triple Frontier," says that 'Episode IX' will give Fisher and Leia "a proper place of honor."
Director J.J. Abrams, who directed both "Star Wars" films, secured the blessing of Fisher's family and daughter Billie Lourd before using the footage. He had previously stated that he would never recast the role or use CGI to bring Leia back, as was done with the late Peter Cushing's Grand Moff Tarkin character in "Rogue One."
Todd Fisher, Carrie’s brother, recently told “Good Morning America" that the footage is definitely not just outtakes: "This is unused, new content that could be woven into the storyline. That’s what’s going to give everybody such a great kick. It’s going to look like it was meant to be. Like it was shot yesterday... we’re thrilled at what’s been done."
'Episode IX,' which doesn't yet have a full title, opens December 20.