Carrie Fisher Will Not Be Appearing In Star Wars: Episode IX Says Lucasfilm

Carrie Fisher sadly passed away before filming for Star Wars: Episode IX could commence. Even though it was speculated she would still appear as archival footage, it has now been confirmed she will not be appearing in Episode IX.

Lucasfilm President, Katheeen Kennedy confirmed the absence of Carrie Fisher in Star Wars: Episode IX during an interview with ABC News/Good Morning America. They tweeted out this message: "EXCLUSIVE: Lucasfilm President Kathy Kennedy says Carrie Fisher will NOT be in @StarWars Episode 9 as General Leia"

In the interview, Kennedy said that sadly Carrie will not be appearing in the ninth episode of the Star Wars film saga. Carrie Fisher will instead be seen a lot in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Fisher was still able to film all of her scenes for the eighth episode.

They will have to rewrite the script for Episode IX to address the absence of General Leia. They decided not to use a CGI version of the character. It will be interesting to see what they do in order to write the character off in the series. General Leia is a huge character since she's the twin sister to Luke Skywalker.

The script for Episode IX was started back in January which is one month after the death of Fisher. This isn't the first time Disney/Lucasfilm had to rewrite a script for a Star Wars film. The Force Awakens, Rogue One and even The Last Jedi went through many different drafts and rewrites during production.

Hopefully they are able to send off the character of Leia in a respectful way. Universal Pictures was able to do a great send off to Paul Walker's character in Furious 7. We'll just have to wait and see what they come up with when Episode IX releases in 2019.

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