In 2016 Carrie Fisher passed away. There was talk about whether or not she would be included in Star Wars: Episode IX through CGI, but it was confirmed that she would not be appearing in the movie at all. Fans were okay with that.
Well, now according to the official Star Wars website, which announced the cast of Episode IX, it has been confirmed that Fisher will be making an appearance in the movie. They will use unused footage shot from previous films.
J.J. Abrams says, “We desperately loved Carrie Fisher. Finding a truly satisfying conclusion to the Skywalker saga without her eluded us. We were never going to recast, or use a CG character. With the support and blessing from her daughter, Billie, we have found a way to honor Carrie’s legacy and role as Leia in Episode IX by using unseen footage we shot together in Episode VII.”
It will be interesting to see how it all comes together. This is not going to be easy to pull off.
Speaking to the New York Daily News, Fisher’s brother Todd Fisher said, “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.”
Star Wars: Episode IX is currently set for a release date of December 20th, 2019.