An outstanding bit of news was finally clarified at the Star Wars Celebration. In an interview, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy said that Fisher won’t be in the as yet un-named 9th film in the Skywalker saga.
Carrie Fisher had filmed all her scenes for Episode VIII (The Last Jedi), before her death. Last week Fisher’s brother Todd had told the New York Daily News that the family had been asked and had given Lucasfilms permission to use previous filmed footage of his sister in Episode IX.
“We finished everything in VIII and Carrie is absolutely phenomenal in the movie,” Kennedy told Good Morning America today, “and we’re so happy we were able to complete filming in the summer. Unfortunately, Carrie passed away [at a] time when we were well underway with Episode IX in our thoughts. We had not written a script yet. But we’ve regrouped. We started over again in January. Sadly, Carrie will not be in IX.”
— Good Morning America (@GMA) April 14, 2017
Lucasfilm had previously released a statement that there was no plan to use a computer generated version of Carrie Fisher for Episode IX.
We know that Colin Trevorrow, director of Episode IX, had said that Leia originally was supposed to have a larger role in the 9th movie than “The Last Jedi.” Kennedy stated, they hadn’t yet written the script for Episode IX, so they can deal with the tragic real life death in the best possible way. How they decide to deal with her absence is anyone’s guess, but knowing the respect and admiration the entire world has for General Organa and Carrie Fisher, I’m thinking it will be dealt with in a respectable and tasteful manner.
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