One of 2016’s worst moments was when news hit detailing Carrie Fisher’s passing. It was a sad, and bitter way to end a disappointing year. Sadly, the actress was merely 60 years old at the time of her death, and was taken far too soon. Just a year before, Fisher participated in the biggest film of her career, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which brought in over $2 billion worldwide. Of course, Fisher’s General Leia was scheduled to appear in both sequels to The Force Awakens. However, now that Fisher has passed before filming on Episode IX started, Disney and LucasFilm must find a way to end Leia’s arc. The last time we saw the character was at the end of The Force Awakens, as she told Rey, “May the Force be with you,” a powerful moment in the 2015 hit.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney, LucasFilm, and Colin Trevorrow will meet in Los Angeles to discuss what should happen with Leia. Luckily, Trevorrow and Disney have a lot of time to explore options, unlike 2015’s Furious 7, which had to find a way to tie up Paul Walker’s story following his untimely death. The trade also revealed that two key scenes featuring Leia were planned for Episode VIII and Episode IX, respectively. Borys Kit of The Hollywood Reporter writes:
Her iconic Princess Leia is set to appear in the next two Star Wars films, and insiders tell The Hollywood Reporter that at least two key scenes are planned for Episode VIII (Dec. 15) and Episode IX (2019): a Leia reunion with Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and a confrontation with Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), her son who killed Harrison Ford’s Han Solo in 2015’s The Force Awakens.
Now, we can take these two scenes as fact, as both of them make a lot of sense. Leia was obviously going to meet Luke again, as well as share at least one scene with her son, Kylo Ren. Of course, only time will tell. I have no idea what Disney will do, I would hate to have them kill Leia off, but it would be incredibly strange to not have her take part in Episode IX. I think it is safe to say that we will not find out what happens for a while, as the meeting between Disney and Trevorrow will take place during mid January.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is on DVD/Blu-Ray now.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter