“I wasn’t supposed to be here,” Abrams said, referencing that he was NOT the original director of Rise of Skywalker. He became attached to the project after Fisher's death in 2016. “But I was reading Carrie's book, The Princess Diarist, and she wrote, ‘Special thanks to J.J. Abrams for putting up with me twice.’ Now, I had never worked with her before The Force Awakens...and I wasn’t supposed to do this movie. So, it was a classic Carrie thing to write something like that, and it only meant one thing for me. I could not be more excited to have you see her in her final performance."