Carrie Fisher's Family Allows 'Star Wars: Episode IX' to Include Leia

Saturday, 08 April 2017 - 11:25AM
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Star Wars: Episode IX
Saturday, 08 April 2017 - 11:25AM
Carrie Fisher's Family Allows 'Star Wars: Episode IX' to Include Leia
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One recurring question since Carrie Fisher's passing has been the unclear fate of Leia Organa, who played a major role in The Force Awakens that was clearly set up to continue into Star Wars Episodes VIII and IX. While we know she'll appear in The Last Jedi this December, as Fisher finished filming last summer, nothing's yet been established for Episode IX in 2019.

But her brother Todd Fisher and her daughter Billie Lourd have recently spoken with Disney, and say they've given permission to let Episode IX include footage of Carrie. According to New York Daily News, Todd Fisher explained that Disney bosses are hoping to somehow include Leia in the final film of the new trilogy, and that as long as no CGI is used, they're allowed to include recent footage of Carrie. He continued: "Both of us were like, 'Yes, how do you take her out of it?' And the answer is you don't."

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"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."
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"Recent footage" is vague, but it's tough to imagine that means anything beyond "footage filmed for The Last Jedi."  Even then, there are a ton of ways to fit pre-recorded footage into the story - it could be a deleted scene from The Last Jedi that gets bumped to the next film, or it could be a performance of hers that gets turned into a hologram message, or something similar. We won't know for a long time, as Disney is staying secretive about almost everything related to future Star Wars films.

But using pre-recorded footage with permission from Fisher's family is consistent with Disney/Lucasfilm's apparent desire to be respectful to the late actress. Just like Lucasfilm has promised in the past that no CGI footage of Leia will be used, the Fisher family is promising the same: Episode IX will include no scenes of Leia that Carrie Fisher didn't film herself. 

Star Wars: The Last Jedi 
comes out December 15, 2017, while Episode IX is scheduled to come out in 2019.

Via: Nerdist
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