Today stands as a somber one for the Star Wars family and Hollywood as a whole. Earlier this morning, Carrie Fisher passed away at age 60 after suffering a massive heart attack shortly before the holidays. The actress’ passing was confirmed by a statement from her daughter Billie Lourd, and the world has responded with touching memorials. Star Wars alums have also taken time to honor Fisher’s legacy, and fans are now beginning to wonder how the tragic death will impact Lucasfilm’s on-going trilogy.
Right now, it is unclear as to how Fisher’s death with affect the franchise, but fans can rest assured that they will have another chance to see the actress play General Leia Organa. According to TMZ, Fisher had already wrapped her work on Star Wars: Episode VIII ahead of its premiere this year.
The site is reporting that a Lucasfilm official has told them Fisher “absolutely wrapped” work on the film. Earlier this year, the official Star Wars Twitter also confirmed Star Wars: Episode VIII production had wrapped. Director Rian Johnson took over the account to show fans the film’s final slate before saying he “cannot wait to share” Star Wars: Episode VIII with everyone.
Today, fans all over the world are taking a moment to reflect on Fisher’s life and enduring legacy. Our thoughts and well wishes are with her loved ones today. Rest in peace, Carrie Fisher.
Star Wars: Episode VIII is written and directed by Rian Johnson, continuing the saga films. Star Wars expands their universe with Rogue One, the first of their new standalone movies that take place without a focus on anyone named Skywalker.
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