Carrie Fisher to appear in 'Star Wars: Episode IX,' her brother says
This April 7, 2011 file photo shows Carrie Fisher at the 2011 NewNowNext Awards in Los Angeles. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/ AP/Chris Pizzello)
The late Carrie Fisher will make an appearance in Star Wars: Episode IX, her brother has revealed.
Todd Fisher and Carrie’s daughter, Billie Lourd, have granted Disney the rights to use recent footage Carrie shot before her death in the final film in the sci-fi saga, due out in 2019.
Todd told the New York Daily News on Friday that unused scenes from Star Wars: The Last Jedi, set to be released in December, will be used by studio bosses to flesh out Carrie’s role as General Leia Organa in Episode IX.
His comments confirm much speculation that the late actress will make an appearance beyond the grave in the final film in the sci-fi trilogy.
Todd said of his and Billie’s decision to let Disney use the footage: “Both of us were like, ‘Yes, how do you take her out of it?’ And the answer is you don’t. 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 (light) saber cuts him down he becomes more powerful. I feel like that’s what’s happened with Carrie. I think the legacy should continue.”
Carrie passed away at the age of 60 on December 27, days after suffering a heart attack while aboard a flight from London to Los Angeles.
However, Todd is unaware of what part General Leia Organa’s storyline will be in Episode IX, but said he had faith in the filmmakers to “do great things.”
“I’m not the only part in that equation, but I think the people deserve to have her,” he continued. “She’s owned by them. You don’t mess with this legacy,” he said. “It would be like rewriting the Bible. To me, Star Wars is the holy grail of storytelling and lore and you can’t mess with it.”
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is slated for release on December 15, 2017. The as-yet-untitled Episode IX, directed by Colin Trevorrow, will be released in May, 2019.