The Last Jedi Will be Carrie Fisher’s Final Star Wars Movie
It seems that Carrie Fisher won’t appear in Star Wars: Episode IX, after all. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy revealed the news during an interview with ABC News at Star Wars Celebration in Orlando.
“Sadly, Carrie will not be in Nine,” Kennedy said. “But we’ll see a lot of her in Eight, which is great.”
It was previously reported that Todd Fisher, Carrie’s brother, confirmed that his sister had a role in the ninth installment. He told various media outlets that Disney and Lucasfilm was given permission to use footage of Carrie in Star Wars: Episode IX.
“[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,” Kennedy said. “By the time we were well underway with Episode IX in our thoughts — we had not written the script yet — but we’ve regrouped, we started over again in January.”
Directed by Colin Trevorrow, Star Wars: Episode IX is set to scheduled to hit theaters on May 23, 2019, a lot earlier than its usual December slot. Both Trevorrow and The Last Jedi director, Rian Johnson, wrote the screenplay.
Fisher died last December at age 60 from a severe heart attack during her flight back from London. She made her glorious return to the Star Wars franchise as General Leia in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. She’s set to appear again in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. She was honored Thursday in a beautiful tribute as part of Star Wars Celebration’s opening panel, which celebrated the series’ 40th anniversary.