Carrie Fisher's 'The Last Jedi' Scenes Were Not Changed After Her Death
Since Carrie Fisher's passing last year, a large concern among Star Wars fans is how respectfully her iconic role of Leia Organa will be treated in future Star Wars films. And Disney and Lucasfilm are making an effort to explain what will happen going forward.
One notable decision is that all of Leia's scenes in the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which Fisher completed filming last summer, won't be edited in any way. So whatever Leia's role in Episode VIII was before, which is supposed to be larger than in The Force Awakens, it will safely remain as is when the movie premieres this December. Disney CEO Bob Iger, while speaking at a USC tech conference (which you can watch through Periscope), explained what Disney and therefore Lucasfilm's official stance was on the matter:
"When we bought Lucasfilm, we were going to make three films - Episodes VII, VIII and IX. We had to deal tragedy at the end of 2016. Carrie appears throughout VIII. We are not changing VIII to deal with her passing. Her performance remains as it is in VIII. In Rogue One, we had some digital character. We are not doing that with Carrie."
Iger went on to say that Disney was "really pleased" with Fisher's performance, as more reason not to change things.
Lucasfilm had also announced earlier this year that there will be absolutely no CGI Leia in future Star Wars films either, like they did with her and Grand Moff Tarkin in Rogue One (that CGI Leia was created before Fisher's passing, even if the film came out afterwards). So assuming Leia's role in VIII will set up more of the plot for Episode IX in a few years, the question is how Star Wars will go about explaining the absence of a starring character.
But while that question isn't answered yet, the studios have been treating the situation respectfully so far, both to Fisher and to her character. And while The Last Jedi's story will stay the same, It's likely an "In memory of Carrie Fisher" will appear at the end of the film.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi comes out December 15, 2017.