A lot has been said and written since Carrie Fisher‘s untimely death last year about the effect it will have on the future of her character in the remaining entry of the Star Wars sequel trilogy. Fisher, it seems, was not just going to be a part of the as-yet untitled Episode IX, but she was going to be a big part, if not the biggest part. Obviously, those details are being kept largely under wraps, but both the producer and director of Episode IX are shedding light on how they’re trying to carry on without Fisher and why that may be easier said than done.
In a recent Vanity Fair piece, Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy talked about how after having a larger part in The Last Jedi, General Organa would have had the central role in the final film of the trilogy. “The minute she finished, she grabbed me and said, ‘I’d better be at the forefront of IX!’ Because Harrison was front and center on VII, and Mark is front and center on VIII,” said Kennedy. “She thought IX would be her movie. And it would have been.”
Now we’ve known that Fisher’s death forced a pretty drastic re-write of the Episode IX script, but re-written to explain Fisher’s absence, or to use her in a smaller capacity with the assistance of unused footage, CG, or some combination there of was the question. Lucasfilm has previously dismissed the latter option, but according to director Colin Trevorrow in a new interview with CinemaBlend, the priority is to handle Fisher’s character, and her legacy, with care.
“I feel like our options are limited mostly by ourselves, in that there is only certain things that we are willing to do,” Trevorrow said. “But I can guarantee it will be handled with love and respect, and all of the soul that Carrie Fisher deserves.”
Fisher will appear in Star Wars: The Last Jedi in theatres everywhere this December 15. Episode IX will be begin shooting sometime late this year or early next for a release on May 24, 2019.