Carrie Fisher Won't Be in Star Wars: Episode IX, Confirms Kathleen Kennedy

Posted 2017/04/14 0 0

Carrie Fisher will not appear in “Star Wars: Episode IX,” Kathleen Kennedy said during an interview with ABC News on Friday.


Following the tragic loss of Carrie Fisher last December, there had been talk about what this meant for the future of her iconic Star Wars character, Princess/General Leia Organa. While it was later confirmed Fisher had already completed work on Star Wars: The Last Jedi months before her passing and will appear in the movie as planned, the question remained about if Lucasfilm would find some way of incorporating her into Star Wars: Episode IX. A week ago, Todd Fisher made headlines by telling the New York Daily News that his late sister, Carrie Fisher, would still appear in the movie, however, Kathleen Kennedy has shot down the hopes. The news comes from an interview on ABC, in which Kennedy says:

“He was probably confused. We finished everything in eight and Carrie is absolutely phenomenal in the movie, and we’re so happy that we were able to complete filming in the Summer. Unfortunately, Carrie passed away.”


So by the time we were well underway with Episode 9, in our thoughts, we had not written a script yet. But we’ve regrouped. We started over again in January. So, sadly, Carrie will not be in nine. But we will see a lot of her in eight, which is great.

So contrary to what Todd Fisher believed was in the works, Star Wars: Episode IX will not be using footage or performing any kind of digital work to recreate her (as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story did with her 1970s self), making The Last Jedi truly her final film role.

Meanwhile, Kennedy also addressed questions about future Star Wars standalone films, which Star Wars sites have speculated could focus on fan favorites like Boba Fett, Obi-Wan Kenobi, or Ahsoka Tano.

“There are lots of rumors, but to be perfectly honest, we’re in the midst of talking about all of that right now,” she said. “We haven’t made a ton of decisions yet. We’ve had many, many ideas — we have a very strong story group inside Lucasfilm that we sit and meet with on a regular basis, we have a handful of filmmakers that we’ve been talking to about possibly bringing in. But we just started — we’re four or five weeks in — on the Han Solo movie. In fact, I leave in about 45 minutes to go back to London, where we’re shooting right now. We’re shooting that until August. And we’re finishing [The Last Jedi].

“That’s a lot on our plate at the moment. And then I’d say in the next six to eight months, we’ll have some concentrated meetings on what we’re going to move forward with.”

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