Behind-the-scenes photos from 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker'

"GMA" got a first look at photos Annie Leibovitz took for Vanity Fair magazine of director J.J. Abrams and the actors bringing the "Star Wars" series to life.
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Transcript for Behind-the-scenes photos from 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker'
fisher's general Leia is. Four years into it being the ultimate cultural force we're counting down to "Episode IX." Surely to be an epic conclusion to that space opera. 212 days to go, "Star wars" fans but who is counting? May be the force be with you as we take you far, far behind the scenes into a galaxy far, far away. It's the end of the trilogy that started in 2015 with "The force awakens." And the final chapter in the Skywalker saga that began over 40 years ago. This one was particularly hard becauses of the end, not of three movies but nine and when you're looking at three trilogies, you know, suddenly, you know, the questions that you're asking, even beyond what it is you want to do, you have to look at all of them because I'm thinking if someone is going to be watching these movies when they all are together, 1 through 9, there must be inevitability and must stand on its own also. Reporter: "Star wars: The rise of Skywalker". Now this morning an exclusive behind-the-scenes look from "Vanity fair" with Annie leibovitz capturing these never before seen images of director jj Abrams and the actors bringing "Star wars" to life. They went to Jordan which is incredibly remote and that stood in for this desert planet. It feels like a proper journey. We were in the desert for the first one and for the last one. I feel very nostalgic at many, many points that this is sort of -- as everyone says, you don't get anything like this very often. It's been this credit journey. I'm going to miss it so much. Me, Daisy, it's like a moment in our lives. Reporter: Newly revealed characters alongside Daisy Ridley and Adam driver. Richard E. Grant plays a first order general named general pride and then this Keri Russell plays someone named zori bliss. Some kind of rogue or thief. We know she's going to play an important role in whatever happens. Reporter: Someone else playing an important role, general organa, the former princess Leia portrayed by Carrie fisher who died suddenly in December 2016. When we first started working on the story we realized we could not tell the story without her. There had been a number of scenes that we filmed and not used for episode VII and I compiled the footage and watched I and it was like finding this impossible answer to an impossible question. We could tell her story with these pieces that she had shot so when she's in the movie, it's her. She's in the film. She's performing these scenes. And fisher's daughter Billie lourd is in the movie and actually has seens with her mom. Director jak inhibitors Abrams says there are moments where Carrie is there and called it uncanny and spiritual and the new issue of "Vanity fair" hits newstands today. A real depth to the movie. And something for fans of the classic movies and the new ones today. 212 days. Who is counting?

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