With the late Carrie Fisher having passed before beginning work on Colin Trevorrow’s “Star Wars: Episode IX,” a film in which her character General Leia would’ve been a key component, the inevitable question came up as to how the franchise will deal with her passing.
First there were rumors that Fisher would be digitally recreated ala the way Peter Cushing’s Moff Tarkin and even a younger version of Fisher herself were in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”. Disney and Lucasfilm quickly shot down that talk, indicating there would be no digital recreation.
The wording was such that it still left open the possibility of unused footage from the making of both ‘Force Awakens’ and ‘Last Jedi’ being utilised for scenes – something that last week Carrie Fisher’s brother Todd seemingly suggested when he revealed that Lucasfilm had asked for permission to use additional/extra footage of Fisher for ‘Episode IX’.
In a new ABC News interview, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy says Todd Fisher was confused and Carrie Fisher won’t appear in ‘Episode IX’ at all:
“Sadly, Carrie will not be in nine… but we will see a lot of Carrie in eight. [Todd Fisher] was probably confused because we finished everything in ‘Eight,’ and Carrie is absolutely phenomenal in the movie. We’re so happy that we were able to complete shooting in the summer. Unfortunately, Carrie passed away.”
In a separate interview with Yahoo, Kennedy said in the wake of Fisher’s passing, the script had to be completely retooled and both she and Trevorrow are very close on a ‘revised script’.
“When Carrie passed away in December that was a huge blow for all of us, and it caused us to sit with Colin to really think where we were headed with ‘Episode IX’. Carrie was a significant part in that story – that was something she very much wanted and something we very much wanted. But given the circumstances, we would not carry on with that.”
Episode IX is rumored to be kicking off production later this year. Fisher’s final performance in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” will be seen on screens in December.