‘Star Wars’ Braintrust Will Meet To Discuss Leia After Carrie Fisher’s Death

Credit: Disney/LucasFilm

Credit: Disney/LucasFilm

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

Roby D'Ottavi

Roby D'Ottavi

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  • I want to leave this planet.

    @StarWarsJunk on Twitter came up with a good idea,let her go out in a blaze of glory in a novel or comic series set between EP8 and EP9 and reference it in 9.

  • listerp

    I think that if she is integral to the plot, which I believe she is since she is Kylo’s mother, that a tasteful recasting (possibly using makeup and limited CGI) would be acceptable. Carrie is Leia but she also knew that the role wasn’t just her, she wouldn’t want the story to be sacrificed because of her untimely death.

  • Carl

    I say have Yoda help her become a force ghost, that way they can recreate her with CGI but it won’t look as jarring when hidden behind the ghostly visage. They should have used a similar tactic with Tarkin and only have had him in one scene as a hologram.

    • SAMURAI36.

      While that might appease more people, I still feel that Tarkin was too integral to the plot of Rogue One to just be a hologram. I know some people have criticized the CGI but I personally felt that it was good. In the end, I was happy with how all of that turned out.

      • Carl

        I thought the CGI was fine but please tell me how he was integral to the plot? I can’t think of a single important thing he did other than undermine the real villain of the movie. Seriously, you could rip him out of the movie and it wouldn’t change anything.

  • Jason Scarpelli

    It should just mention that Leia dies. Since she finished filming 8, just refer to Leia’s death in a scene.

    • Chris W

      An off screen death for one of the star wars triumvirate? No way in H E double hockey sticks.

      • Jason Scarpelli

        Only way it could be unless they just use a body and say it’s Leia’s

  • Darthmanwe

    So neither of those scenes were filmed for Ep8.

    Well, damn. That’s a bummer.

  • Chris W

    They gotta fast and furious/Tarkin this thing somehow. There’s just no other way to do it without significantly compromising the narrative imo. She’s too important of a character.