Carrie Fisher To Appear In ‘Star Wars Episode IX’
Carrie Fisher’s family has given permission to Lucasfilm to use footage of the actress to bring back Princess Leia in a 2019 film.
Shortly after her passing, Lucasfilm confirmed that they had “no plans to digitally recreate Carrie Fisher’s performance as Princess or General Leia Organa” in Episode IX. However, Fisher’s brother, Todd Fisher, recently confirmed that his sister’s character will appear in the last trilogy film.
He and Carrie Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd, gave permission to use “recent footage” of Fisher in Episode IX, Todd said.
“Both of us were like, ‘Yes, how do you take her out of it?’ And the answer is, you don’t,” Fisher said at the TCM Classic Film Festival in Los Angeles.
“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,” he added.
Next week at Star Wars Celebration in Orlando, Fla., Mark Hamill is hosting a tribute to the late Fisher, and the first trailer for The Last Jedi is set to debut. Fisher and her mother, Debbie Reynolds, who died one day after her, were honored with a public memorial service in March.
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