This December, Star Wars fans will have an opportunity to say goodbye to Carrie Fisher as an actress and Star Wars icon through director Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi since Fisher was able to shoot all of her scenes for the film before her death. On the other hand, Colin Trevorrow, the writer and director of Star Wars 9, will have a much harder task trying to forge a Star Wars film without Fisher.
CinemaBlend caught up with Trevorrow to talk about the challenge of making a Star Wars film without Fisher, and he knows how daunting the task truly is:
“She was a major character, that’s not a secret. She really was. And it was extremely sad for all of us, mostly just because she was so loved by the Star Wars family and everyone that worked with her. I feel like our options are limited mostly by ourselves, in that there is only certain things that we are willing to do. But I can guarantee it will be handled with love and respect, and all of the soul that Carrie Fisher deserves.”
Although he had never had the honor of meeting Fisher before her death, Trevorrow’s words echo a sentiment shared by many: Carrie Fisher’s legacy deserves to be carried on with love, respect, and soul. And even though he can’t “identify a percentage” of his Star Wars 9 script that had to change due to the loss, it seems like she’ll always be on his mind as he takes the Star Wars saga one step further.
Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi will rise on December 15, 2017. The movie’s cast includes Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa, Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata, Kelly Marie Tran as Rose Tico, Laura Dern as Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo, Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma, Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke, Domhnall Gleeson as General Armitage Hux, Benicio Del Toro as “DJ”, Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca, Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, and Jimmy Vee as R2-D2.