There’s a disturbance in the Force: it turns out Carrie Fisher will not be appearing as General Leia Organa in Star Wars 9.
Kathleen Kennedy, the President of Lucasfilm, gave an interview to (opens in new tab) during Star Wars Celebration Orlando 2017 (opens in new tab) and laid out the sad truth for fans everywhere. “Sadly, Carrie will not be in nine,” she said. “But we will see a lot of Carrie in eight.”
So Leia has a large role in Rian Johnson’s (opens in new tab) (you can (opens in new tab)), but now we know for sure that film will be the last time we see the late actress in her iconic role. A few days ago, (opens in new tab) that Fisher’s family had given Lucasfilm permission to utilize unused footage of Leia for future films, considering Fisher’s (opens in new tab). But Kennedy says her family members were “confused” when they mentioned Fisher would be appearing in Episode 9.
This raises a big question: just because The Last Jedi will be the last time we see Carrie Fisher, does that also mean it's the last time we'll see Leia? Will director Colin Trevorrow (who has yet to start filming Episode 9) use the same technique we saw in (opens in new tab) to capture an older digital version of the character to finish off the new trilogy? It wouldn’t be an unprecedented move - look no further than Furious 7 to see how filmmakers have used digital technology to still give an actor a touching send-off. But perhaps it’s still early enough in pre-production that they’ll be able to avoid using those effects altogether and find a cleaner way to satisfactorily write her out of the story.
Directed by Rian Johnson and starring Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Carrie Fisher, Laura Dern, Benicio Del Toro, and more, Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters on December 15, 2017.