Last year, Hollywood lost one of its sci-fi (and all around awesome) icons when actress Carrie Fischer passed away. Best known for playing Princess Leia in the Star Wars franchise, Fischer also appeared in countless other films, including Shampoo, The Blues Brothers, When Harry Met Sally…, and countless others. Fischer also was a good novelist as well as a screenwriter who wrote countless films and also helped with re-writes for others. Most recently, she once again joined the geek lexicon returning in the latest Star Wars film, The Force Awakens as General Leia for the recent film. She had already completed her filming for the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Last Jedi when she, unfortunately, passed away afterward.
With all the technical wizardry for Star Wars: Rogue One bringing back actor Peter Cushing back to life for a CGI role, despite the fact that the actor has been dead since 1994, fans were wondering if Fischer’s character would return for the upcoming Star Wars sequel, currently titled as “Episode IX,” which is due to begin production later on this year. Her character was de-ageified in Rogue One already as they showed her as she appeared in the original Episode IV film. It was first announced that General Leia would not appear in the upcoming film, having passed away. Now it looks like she make a posthumous appearance.
As per the Daily News, Fischer’s brother Todd Fisher and her daughter Billie Lourd have granted Disney/Lucasfilm permission to use previously recorded (and not used) footage from The Force Awakens for the upcoming Star Wars film. She will not be resurrected via the same CGI that Peter Cushing had in Rogue One though. Her brother added:
“Both of us were like, ‘Yes, how do you take her out of it?’ And the answer is you don’t. 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… To me, Star Wars is the holy grail of storytelling and lore and you can’t mess with it.”
Although we don’t know how her character’s arc ends in The Last Jedi, it would be a little weird if her character is simply “omitted” in the sequel, considering that she is supposed to have a bulked-up role in The Last Jedi. We’ll have to wait and see just how Colin Trevorrow and the production crew assemble her in the upcoming Star Wars film. She probably could be digitally inserted into the scenes as possible have a stand-in during production. However they do it, it will be good to see her back!
Source: http://www.slashfilm.com/carrie-fisher-returning-for-star-wars-episode-9/Slash Film