The death of Carrie Fisher two years ago was a shock to a great many people, not the least of whom were Star Wars fans. She had a prominent role in the last film, The Last Jedi, as Leia Organa, and was supposed to play a major part in Star Wars Episode IX, which is currently being shot by The Force Awakens’ J.J. Abrams. The big question was how she would be written out of the series.
There had been rumors — quickly debunked by Lucasfilm — that a digital version of Carrie would be created to wrap up her character arc. After all, one had previously been created for the conclusion of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which was designed as a prequel to 1977’s Episode IV: A New Hope and which concluded with the moments leading up to that film, including Carrie’s Princess Leia recording a message into the R2D2 droid. The next rumor was that outtakes from both The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi featuring the actress would be featured. Now comes word from her brother, Todd Fisher, that it could be considerably more than that.
While appearing on ABC’s Good Morning America to talk about his sister on the second anniversary of her death, he noted that there was actually more footage of Carrie available to J.J. and the new film than anyone had originally expected.
“There’s a lot of minutes of footage,” he commented, quickly emphasizing, “I don’t mean just outtakes. This is unused, new content that could be woven into the storyline. That’s what’s going to give everybody such a great kick. It’s going to look like it was meant to be. Like it was shot yesterday. We’re not allowed to talk about the details of anything. But we’re thrilled at what’s been done.”
It will be interesting to see what J.J., who’s also writing the screenplay with Chris Terrio (Argo, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice), comes up with to honor the memory of Carrie and her legacy as a part of Star Wars.
Star Wars Episode IX will be released on Dec. 20, 2019.