Lucasfilm Started Over on STAR WARS EPISODE IX After Carrie Fisher’s Death

The passing of Carrie Fisher was something no one expected, but when we lost our princess, it was quite clear that Lucasfilm would have to make some major adjustments. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said after they mourned Fisher’s passing, the story team and filmmakers scrambled to come up with a plan to handle Fisher’s absence in Episode IX:

“Obviously, with Carrie having passed away, it shook everybody,” Kennedy says. As they tried to figure out what this meant for Leia’s continuing story, the only option was to leave their original ideas behind. “We pretty much started over,”

Fisher had finished all her scenes on The Last Jedi before her untimely death, and Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger has since said that the movie will not be changed to deal with her passing. The Last Jedi will end as it was originally planned. StarWars.com also confirmed that Lucasfilm will not digitally recreate Leia in any way. Kennedy also recently told Good Morning America: “Sadly, Carrie will not be in nine,” Kennedy said. “But we will see a lot of Carrie in eight.”

It seems pretty safe to assume that The Last Jedi will be Princess or General Leia Organa’s final appearance in the Star Wars cinematic saga. I wonder if Lucasfilm will ever let us know what they were hoping Leia’s role in Episode IX would be. Or maybe we’ll eventually get a Star Wars story standalone about a young Princess Leia, only time will tell. What do you guys think?

Kathleen Kennedy Confirms That Carrie Fisher Will Not Appear in STAR WARS: EPISODE IX

Last week Carrie Fisher‘s brother, Todd FIsher, said that Carrie would appear in Star Wars: Episode IX. He and Carrie’s daughter Billie Lourd thought:

“Yes, how do you take her out of it?’ And the answer is, you don’t. I’m not the only part in that equation, but I think the people deserve to have her. She’s owned by them.”

Continue reading

Carrie Fisher’s brother says she’ll appear in Star Wars: Episode IX

When Carrie Fisher passed away late last year, there was a lot of speculation about whether or not she’d appear in some way in Star Wars: Episode IX. Her role in the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi had been completed before her death, but the next film had not yet begun shooting. Her brother Todd Fisher told The New York Daily News that he and Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourd have given Disney and Lucasfilm permission to use recent footage of Carrie Fisher in Star Wars: Episode IX.

Continue reading

Lucasfilm Has No Plans to Digitally Recreate Carrie Fisher

Lucasfilm Has No Plans to Digitally Recreate Carrie Fisher

Over the last week, rumors have surfaced that Lucasfilm was in talks with the estate of Carrie Fisher to possibly digitally recreate the late actress for Star Wars: Episode IX (she had already finished filming her scenes for Star Wars: Episode VIII before her death on December 27, 2016). In a rare case, Lucasfilm has put those rumors to rest with the following official statement: Continue reading

Colin Trevorrow to Direct Star Wars: Episode IX

Colin Trevorrow

Today at D23, Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn announced that writer-director Colin Trevorrow will direct Star Wars: Episode IX, which is set for release in 2019.While production won’t begin for a few years, Trevorrow is heading to Lucasfilm this year to begin working with artists and his fellow Star Wars directors.  Continue reading