Although fans were really hoping that the late Carrie Fisher would appear in the upcoming ninth Star Wars installment (even her brother, Todd Fisher, believed that this would be the case), Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy has recently confirmed that won’t be the case.
Kathleen has told ABC News that “We finished everything in VIII, and Carrie is absolutely phenomenal in the movie, and we’re so lucky that we were able to complete shooting in the summer. Unfortunately, Carrie passed away by the time we were well underway with Episode IX in our thoughts. We had not written the script yet. But we’ve regrouped. We started over again in January. So sadly, Carrie will not be in IX.”
Nevertheless, Kennedy did say that we’re still going to see a lot of Carrie in Episode VIII. This news comes several days after Todd Fisher revealed that he gave Lucasfilm permission to use Carrie’s likeness in the ninth installment of the Star Wars movie franchise. “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. I’m not the only part in that equation, but I think the people deserve to have her. She’s owned by them,” Todd said when speaking about his sister and the future of Star Wars.
When asked to respond to Todd’s comments, Kathleen told ABC News that he was probably just confused.