It seems Carrie Fisher may appear in Star Wars: Episode IX after all.
After her untimely passing last December, Lucasfilm held a meeting in January to plan out how the franchise’s beloved Princess would fit into future chapters of the Skywalker saga. Ultimately it was decided that Star Wars: The Last Jedi from director Rian Johnson would not be affected by the loss of Fisher.
Lucasfilm also swiftly crushed the rumors that they would use the CGI technology seen in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story to recreate her likeness for future appearances as General Leia. While that is still the case, Carrie’s brother Todd Fisher has now revealed that Lucasfilm is interested in bringing back Leia for the final installment of the sequel trilogy.
While speaking to the New York Daily News at the TCM Film Festival, Fisher explained that he and Carrie’s daughter, Billie Lourd have both granted Lucasfilm the right to use unused footage from either Star Wars: The Force Awakens or The Last Jedi in Episode IX:
“Both of us were like, ‘Yes, how do you take her out of it?’ And the answer is you don’t. She’s as much a part of it as anything and I think her presence now is even more powerful than it was, like Obi Wan — when the saber cuts him down he becomes more powerful. I feel like that’s what’s happened with Carrie. I think the legacy should continue.”
Fisher added that he has full confidence in Lucasfilm to “do great things ” but to the amount of his sister’s involvement in Episode IX he remains unaware:
“I’m not the only part in that equation, but I think the people deserve to have her. She’s owned by them.”
Fisher herself had already completed her scenes for The Last Jedi which wrapped principal photography last summer and her performance remains in it as it is. To honor her memory, Mark Hamill will be hosting “Mark Hamill’s Tribute to Carrie Fisher” on Friday, April 14 at Star Wars Celebration Orlando.
Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on the future of the Star Wars franchise as we learn it.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters December 15, 2017.
Source: New York Daily News