Carrie Fisher Won’t Appear in ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’

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Carrie Fisher won’t appear in “Star Wars: Episode IX,” after all.

Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy made the reveal during an interview with ABC News on Friday at the “Star Wars Celebration” in Orlando.

“Sadly, Carrie will not be in ‘Nine,'” Kennedy said. “But we’ll see a lot of her in ‘Eight,’ which is great.”


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Actor Todd Fisher, the late actress’ brother and Debbie Reynolds’ son, had said that his sister had a role in the ninth installment.

“[Todd Fisher] was probably confused because we finished everything in ‘Eight,’ and Carrie is absolutely phenomenal in the movie. We’re so happy that we were able to complete shooting in the summer. Unfortunately, Carrie passed away,” Kennedy said.

Fisher told various media outlets that Disney and Lucasfilm had been given permission to use footage of the actress in “Star Wars: Episode IX.”

“By the time we were well underway with ‘Episode Nine’ in our thoughts — we had not written the script yet — but we’ve regrouped, we started over again in January,” Kennedy added.

Directed by Colin Trevorrow, the film is set to hit theaters on May 23, 2019. Trevorrow and Rian Johnson, who helms “The Last Jedi,” wrote the screenplay. 

Fisher died last December at age 60. She returned to the franchise in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and will appear in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

The actress was honored on Thursday by her “Star Wars” family and daughter, Billie Lourd, at the “Star Wars Celebration’s” opening panel meant to reflect on the past four decades of the franchise. Mark Hamill also paid tribute to his late co-star during an event dedicated solely to her on Friday.

ABC’s “Good Morning America” tweeted a portion of Kennedy’s interview.

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  1. brendanqgart says:

    without reading this clickbait article. The obvious answer to the stupid headline is … “yes…because she’s dead.” Anyone else weirded out by the casualness of bringing people back as cg people? C’mon.

  2. Jon says:

    It just seems likely they will kill her offscreen because director of 8 has said that he doesn’t plan on changing anything about 8 because of Carries death and when 8 was finished filming Carrie was alive. Also director of 9 at the time of Fishers death has said that she had a significant role in 9. So if 8 isn’t edited like they have claimed then it seems logical they will kill her offscreen which I think is a big mistake. Especially if no scenes were ever filmed between Leia and her son.

  3. Jon says:

    No I think most people just want a fitting ending to the character of Leia because Carrie loved that character too. Unfortunately, her untimely death puts a big wrench on a proper sendoff because you have to have scenes between Leia and her son. If those scenes were never filmed then the story is severely hurt. It makes not sense to have a final goodbye between Han and son but then Kylo never sees his mom throughout the whole series just because Carrie died. You almost have to have a CGI Leia or a recast to properly finish that storyline if scenes were never filmed between Leia and kylo. People also forget that Carrie liked her CGI self in Rogue One (she was on record saying that she liked it and gave her approval) and more than likely would have given her blessing for 9 too. A shitty ending to a great character is a huge disservice and if the opening scrawl in 9 says that Leia died in battle that is pretty fucking weak storytelling. A CGI Leia is better than a shitty sendoff that took place offscreen and then leaves a big plot hole between her and her son.

    • Tom says:

      Unclear why you repeatedly suggest she’ll die offscreen and just mentioned in the crawl. More than likely they’ll kill her off onscreen in 8. I agree it will be less than satisfying, but there are other options besides the one you envision.

  4. Johannes says:

    Thank goodness. No digital necromancy. The family wanted $ and that was thwarted. Peter Cushing’s creepy shade in Rogue One was bad enough. Horrible, disgusting trend. Hollywood is beyond reproach.

  5. Jon says:

    Kathleen Kennedy has already said that originally General Leia had a significant role in 9 but now her and the director of 9 have changed that. I think that is a huge disservice to Carrie Fisher and the character of Leia that was beloved by so many. Carrie loved that role and would have wanted a fitting ending not die offscreen (more than likely mentioned in the opening scrawl of 9). I think it’s sad that they won’t use CGI to give her character the ending that she was originally intended to have. The director of Rogue One has already stated that Carrie got a kick out of her CGI appearance in Rogue One and it is clear that the family will give rights to use her appearance. I just don’t understand why you wouldn’t go the CGI route when Carrie wanted a good ending for her character and the fans want one too. If there are no scenes between Leia and her son in 8 that means they will never have interacted throughout the entire new trilogy which is a grave mistake. Even Han got to see his son one last time. It makes zero sense to kill her off if she never shares any scenes with Kylo Ren. I just don’t understand what Disney is thinking.

  6. Tracy Emert says:

    Have any of you even considered that maybe, just maybe Princess Leia dies in Episode 8? So even if Carrie Fisher had lived, she still wouldn’t have been in 9? Think about it with a little common sense folks.

    • Dean says:

      You really need to listen. They already said Carrie had a large role in 9. Now it’s all messed up. Pay attention.

    • Jon says:

      She doesnt die in Episode 8. Kathleen Kennedy has gone on record to say that Leia had a significant role in 9 but in January Kathleen and the director for 9 had to go a different route. Unless she was intended to appear as a force ghost for a significant portion of 9 which seems unlikely.

      • Tom says:

        >She doesnt die in Episode 8. … Leia had a significant role in 9

        They hadn’t *planned* for her to die in 8. They *planned* for her to have a significant role in 9. But all that’s changed. It’s very likely she’ll die in 8, now that they said she won’t be in 9.

    • KB says:

      Way to talk down to people there, Sunshine ! Common sense dictates that you don’t talk down to folks. She may not die in 8. None of us will know until December. Instead of talking to us like you did, maybe you should just make a suggestion and not follow up with “Think about it with a little common sense folks.” Just a suggestion. Have a great day !

  7. Lindo Free says:

    Serious typo. The article is about Carrie not appearing in IX yet towards the bottom of the article it says she does appear “She returned to the franchise … and will appear in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

    • Joe says:

      The Last Jedi is Episode 8, not Episode 9 (IX is the Roman numeral for 9). Episode 9 does not yet have a title. The sentence you are claiming to be a typo is not, in fact, a typo. It is correct. Carrie returned to the franchise in Episode 7, The Force Awakens (which was released in December 2015), and will be in Episode 8, The Last Jedi, which will be released in December 2017. She will not be in Episode 9 (again, as yet untitled), which will be released on May 23, 2019.

  8. loco73 says:

    As long as her appearance in Episode IX makes sense and is part of the storyline….why shouldn’t she be in it?! They’ve made such extensive use of these types of effects in “Rogue One”, and I think to the movie’s advantage, that the cat is out of the bag now! Stop being so coy and drop this neither here nor there attitude. As long as the family is ok with it, you are actually dishonouring her memory and insulting her fans. One thing Carrie Fisher wasn’t, she wasn’t a shrinking violet, so stop treating this as if her memory would be somehow desecrated. She would have probably found all of this rather amusing.

    • KB says:

      I agree with you. Her brother and daughter are all for it, and as long as it’s tastefully done like in Rogue One, why not ? Something tells me that we’re going to be cheated when it comes to her disappearance.

  9. Victor L Lesher says:

    Actors are at their best when they’re working and acting. They are unfortunately at their worst when they dabble in politics.

    • JacksonM says:

      Why? Because you don’t agree with their views? Actors are US citizens just like anyone else and have just as much right to voice their beliefs as anyone else.

      I’m guessing you’re conservative. They really like suppressing opinions they disagree with.

      Get bent and f-ck off.

    • Joe says:

      Nobody’s dabbling in politics here. Your comment is thus completely and utterly superfluous and non-germane to this article.

    • SmartMFer says:

      Comments are best when they make sense. Take a hike.

    • Wayne says:

      Not if its something you believe in. You could say that about ANYBODY.

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