Recently, Making Star Wars reported that Daisy Ridley’s hair in Star Wars: Episode IX is similar to her style from The Force Awakens, and that there is a practical reason for that.
We then got a look at that hairstyle from the back in J.J. Abrams’s photo announcing that filming had wrapped:
On Friday, Making Star Wars then followed up to confirm the reason why Ridley’s hair is similar to TFA, and it’s what many expected.
Reported spoilers are ahead, so be warned!
Rey’s hair is in the style above because it has to mach older footage of Rey that was shot with Carrie for The Force Awakens. The details of the sequence are not being talked about at this time, however.
That is precisely the reason I expected, but it’s nice to see it ‘confirmed’ in this report. And honestly, it just makes so much sense. While I’m guessing J.J. Abrams, Lucasfilm, and ILM are going to get creative as to how to use this footage of Carrie Fisher and make it fit with Episode IX, I am sure that the easiest way to make this footage of Leia and Rey fit is just to have Rey in a similar style to TFA. I mean, why not, right?
So anyway, even though that was my expectation all along since MSW’s first report, it’s still nice to see MSW follow-up and directly state it. The bigger thing to note, however, is this: Daisy Ridley and Carrie Fisher shot footage together for The Force Awakens. Really, all that was included in the final cut were a few brief scenes at the end as Rey heads off to find Luke, but we don’t know what else may have been shot. It seems that there was quite a bit that changed regarding Leia’s role in the film as production progressed, but it will be interesting to see what the content of these scenes with Rey include. But obviously, any footage they have of the legendary General Leia Organa with this trilogy’s new heroine would be great to include, especially since Leia could be viewed as a sort of guide for Rey moving forward as she figures out who she is and where she fits in.
I am definitely expecting Leia to have a very large presence in this film. While that may not necessarily correlate to a lot of screentime, it’s going to be great seeing her on-screen however much we can get. It appears that at the very least, we’ll see her share the screen with Daisy Ridley.