After the tragic loss of Carrie Fisher last December, Star Wars fans have been wondering just how much time they have left seeing Princess Leia on the movie screen. It was immediately confirmed following Fisher's death that the actress had completed her work on Star Wars: The Last Jedi; however, what would be done about Star Wars: Episode IX was still very unclear.
Just a week ago, Carrie's brother, Todd Fisher, told reporters that the Star Wars filmmakers would feature Carrie as Leia in Episode IX with unused footage, and no CGI. However, we're now hearing confirmation that Carrie Fisher's Leia won't be in Star Wars: Episode IX, at all!
THR pointed out a statement by Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy to ABC news that Todd Fisher was "confused," and that "Sadly, Carrie will not be in nine," Kennedy said. "But we will see a lot of Carrie in eight."
It now begs the question: where will The Last Jedi leave Leia's character? Will there be some symbolic send off like Paul Walker's Brian O'Connor got in the Fast and Furious films? Or will Leia actually die in story? And was that planned for? Or is it something the filmmakers have to add to the film because of Carrie Fisher's death?
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi, from writer/director Rian Johnson, is in post-production now for a December 15, 2017 release. The film follows-up and continues the story of the next generation of the saga as Rey, Poe, Finn, and Kylo Ren find their place in the galaxy and follow the legacy of Luke Skywalker, Leia, and Han Solo. Daisy Ridley returns to star as Rey, with other returning stars John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, Peter Mayhew, Andy Serkis, Anthony Daniels, Lupita Nyong'o Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa. Benicio Del Toro and Laura Dern join the cast in as-yet-unrevealed roles.