Amidst conflicting reports about the late Carrie Fisher’s status on Star Wars: Episode IX, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy confirmed Fisher will not be in the film.
An earlier report had Carrie’s brother, Todd Fisher said her sister had a role in the ninth installment.
Kennedy revealed the news in an interview during Star Wars Celebration in Orlando, FL with Good Morning America.
“Sadly, Carrie will not be in ‘Nine,’ but we’ll see a lot of her in ‘Eight,’ which is great. [Todd Fisher] was probably confused because we finished everything in ‘Eight,’ and Carrie is absolutely phenomenal in the movie. We’re so happy that we were able to complete shooting in the summer. Unfortunately, Carrie passed away.”
— Good Morning America (@GMA) April 14, 2017
Todd told various media outlets that he had given permission for Disney and Lucasfilm to use any of the footage shot for The Last Jedi and can be repurposed for Episode IX. Kennedy had other ideas since plans had changed with Carrie’s passing in December at the age of 60.
“By the time we were well underway with ‘Episode Nine’ in our thoughts — we had not written the script yet — but we’ve regrouped, we started over again in January.”
After earlier controversy surrounding the digital performances to simulate Peter Cushing and Carrie Fisher’s respective roles as Grand Moff Tarkin and Princess Leia Organa, respectively with CGI, in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Disney and Lucasfilm announced they have no intentions of recreating Fisher posthumously in future films. Fisher was alive at the time to give permission to use her 1977 likeness over a body double.
Pending no reshoots to take place, it offers an ominous and eerie aura over the fate of now General Leia in The Last Jedi. It seems to only make sense now to give Leia a noble death whether if it’s intentional from the beginning or a last minute change. It seems like with Fisher’s passing, there’s too much risk for Disney and Lucasfilm to recast the role. Now that her absence in Episode IX is confirmed, there’s no way they can justify the character returning at all or cheapen it for audiences as a simple write off or off-screen death.
Given Fisher’s increased presence in The Last Jedi, what will her role be? Will it be more toward Luke and Rey or it be mostly dedicated to the Resistance?