Update Apr. 14: Well, just kill my dreams, Kathleen Kennedy.
The president of Lucasfilm said in an interview with ABC today that Carrie Fisher won’t be featured in Episode IX, just Episode VIII.
Thanks to Carrie’s brother Todd, it had been rumored that spare footage of Carrie would be used to bring her over to Ep. IX.
I’d hoped that’d be the case so that we could, for sure, get some proper closure for Leia that didn’t feel rushed or squeezed into The Last Jedi.
With what Kathleen has said today, though, it seems likely that some plot-twisting device might be used to remove Leia at the end of Last Jedi or the beginning of Ep. IX.
Original post: Princess/General Leia might just make it into Episode IX of Star Wars — but maybe not how you’re thinking.
As we all know by now, the Great Carrie Fisher passed away last December. She’d already wrapped up filming her stuff for Episode VIII (The Last Jedi), but her fate and the end of that film became uncertain: Would Disney and Lucasfilm keep the storyline as planned, or would they alter it for Leia to die?
It would seem that they opted to not change the storyline, so no death there. So what will be Leia’s fate in Episode IX?
According to the New York Daily News, Fisher’s brother Todd and daughter Billie Lourd are allowing Disney to use recently shot footage of Carrie in Episode IX.
“Both of us were like, ‘Yes, how do you take her out of it?’ And the answer is you don’t,” Todd told the Daily News.
Damn right, you don’t.
So we don’t know how they might end Leia’s storyline plot-wise (obviously), but at least we can be relatively certain it will be with the real Leia. This isn’t confirmation from Disney and Lucasfilm themselves, but it coming from the family has to mean something.
There were people concerned that Lucasfilm would try to resurrect Leia via CGI, like they did with her and Governor Tarkin in Rogue One. I, for one, couldn’t be happier that they won’t do that.
It’s fantastic that they’ll bring Leia’s time in Star Wars to a close with the real Leia, not offscreen or with a digital recreation. It gives us a chance to say goodbye to the princess and the actress in a proper, touching way.