JJ Abrams finds Star Wars bittersweet without Carrie Fisher

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 2 August 2018
JJ Abrams

JJ Abrams

J.J. Abrams marked the first day of shooting the new 'Star Wars' movie by joining Twitter and sending a tribute to the late Carrie Fisher, as well as others involved int he project

J.J. Abrams admitted it is "bittersweet" working on 'Star Wars Episode IX' without the late Carrie Fisher.

The 52-year-old director marked his first day of shooting the next installment of the hit franchise by joining Twitter, and used his first post to pay tribute to the veteran actress - who died in December 2016 - and his "extraordinary" cast and crew, as well as giving a shout out to 'Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi' director Rian Johnson and franchise creator George Lucas.

Along with an image of a camera, J.J. - who has previously occasionally used the microblogging website through his Bad Robot company account - wrote: "Bittersweet starting this next chapter without Carrie, but thanks to an extraordinary cast and crew, we are ready to go. Grateful for @rianjohnson and special thanks to George Lucas for creating this incredible world and beginning a story of which we are lucky to be a part. #IX (sic)"

In response, Rian sent the director - who was also at the helm of the seventh movie in the franchise, 'The Force Awakens' - a gif of Harrison Ford's Han Solo saluting.

Few details are currently known about the ninth movie in the series, but it was previously revealed that unused footage from 'The Force Awakens' will be used to keep Carrie in the movie as General Leia Organa.

J.J. previously announced: "Finding a truly satisfying conclusion to the Skywalker saga without her eluded us. We were never going to recast, or use a CG character. With the support and blessing from her daughter, Billie, we have found a way to honour Carrie's legacy and role as Leia in Episode IX by using unseen footage we shot together in Episode VII."

Meanwhile, series veteran Mark Hamill - who portrays Luke Skywalker - also previously admitted working on the ninth movie was "bittersweet" without Carrie.

He tweeted recently: "It's bittersweet facing my final chapter without her. She is simply irreplaceable. I'm finding solace in the fact that she won't BE replaced & would love the worldwide outpouring of affection from those who loved her when they heard the news. #CarrieOnForever (sic)"

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

  • 3 stars
  • 2019
  • US
  • 2h 22min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: JJ Abrams
  • Cast: Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Daniels, Naomi Ackie, Domhnall Gleeson, Richard E. Grant, Lupita Nyong'o, Keri Russell, Joonas Suotamo, Kelly Marie Tran, Ian McDiarmid, Billy Dee Williams
  • UK release: 19 December 2019

Emperor Palpatine (McDiarmid) is back and building an army, so Rey (Ridley), Poe (Isaac), Finn (Boyega) and the gang go up against him and Kylo Ren (Driver). The internal and external battle of Ridley and Driver is the strongest element, with magnetic chemistry, but elsewhere it’s disappointing fan service, a film that…

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