Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) and Star Wars is a mix that just goes so well; we simply can’t think of one without the other. And it seems neither can Disney.
After Carrie Fisher’s death in 2016, Disney confirmed that her role within Star Wars would remain unchanged. Before her death, she had just finished the filming of Episode VIII, and producers wanted to honor her life and career by keeping her in the movie. Bob Iger, CEO of Walt Disney Corporation remarked:
She’s in Episode VIII, and we’re not changing VIII to deal with her passing. Her performance, which we’ve been really pleased with, remains as it was.
And it seems she’ll be appearing in the next Episode, too. Fisher was already lined up to play in the next movie before her death, and this role was called into question after she died. Nowadays, modern technology and CGI are dominating the movie world, but LucasFilm has now confirmed that they will not be using CGI to incorporate her into the next Star Wars
movie, Episode IX.
But now Carrie’s brother, Todd Fisher, has confirmed that he and Carrie’s daughter, Billie Lourd, have given the production company permission to use recent and unused footage of Carrie Fisher in the new movie. He’s said:
She’s as much a part of it as anything, and I think her presence is now even more than it was, like Obi-Wan- when the saber cuts him down he becomes more powerful. I feel like that’s what’s happened to Carrie. I think the legacy should continue.
And we agree. Using real footage, rather than CGI will create the raw and natural Carrie Fisher that we all knew and loved. It has yet been confirmed what role Fisher’s character, Princess Leia, will have in Episode IX, but we do know it will be released in May 2019.
We miss you, Carrie.