Updated: Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy says Carrie Fisher will not appear in Star Wars: Episode IX
Source: Making Star Wars
In a new clip shared by Good Morning America, President of Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy, clarifies that although Carrie Fisher plays a prominent role in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, she unfortunately will not appear in Episode IX. Kennedy explains that by the time of Fisher’s passing, although the story for Episode IX was far along in their heads, the script had not yet been written. After Fisher’s passing, Kennedy says that they “started over.”
Previously, Todd Fisher had claimed that unused footage of his sister would be featured in the film, but that doesn’t appear to be the case. However Lucasfilm has decided to proceed with the character of Leia following Carrie Fisher’s tragic passing in December; I’m sure they will properly honor her legacy in the saga and for the fans.
The brief clip can be seen below:
Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News is reporting that General Organa (as portrayed by Carrie Fisher) will appear in 2019’s Star Wars: Episode IX, according to her brother Todd Fisher.
Todd Fisher spoke to New York Daily News about his sister Carrie Fisher possibly appearing in the third film of the current sequel trilogy, and says Disney approached him and Carrie Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourd about using already filmed footage of Carrie to place her in the film. No CGI will be used to recreate Carrie’s character.
After months of speculation about Carrie’s future in the sci-fi saga, Todd has revealed that Disney bosses want to bring Princess Leia back for Episode 9. And he said he and Carrie’s daughter, Billie Lourd, have granted the studio rights to use recent footage for the finale. It is understood that CGI will not be used to recreate Leia.
“Both of us were like, ‘Yes, how do you take her out of it?’ And the answer is you don’t,” said Fisher, as he attended the opening night gala of the TCM Film Festival in Los Angeles, celebrating “In the Heat of the Night.”
“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.”
To what extent Leia will figure in to the storyline is not clear. “I’m not the only part in that equation, but I think the people deserve to have her,” said Fisher. “She’s owned by them.”
And he said he had total faith in the filmmakers to “do great things.”
“You don’t mess with this legacy,” he said. “It would be like rewriting the Bible. To me, ‘Star Wars’ is the holy grail of storytelling and lore and you can’t mess with it.”