After the tragic passing of Carrie Fisher, fans have been wondering how her death would affect the future Star Wars films. Now, we at least know what Disney is doing with The Last Jedi.
While speaking during a recent Q&A at USC, Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed the storyline for Star Wars: The Last Jedi was not altered in any way after Fisher’s passing. It’d already been reported that she finished filming on the sequel before she died, and it seems Disney will let her performance stand and apparently address her passing in Episode IX.
Here’s Iger’s full comment on Fisher:
“Carrie appears throughout VIII. We are not changing VIII to deal with her passing. Her performance — which we’re really pleased with — remains as it is in VIII."
Lucasfilm has already made it clear the company has no interest in trying to digitally re-create Fisher in future films (as they did with Peter Cushing in Rogue One), so it stands to reason Leia’s absence will be explained in Episode IX (assuming there’s not something that was already written into The Last Jedi that could address it). There are no easy answers when it comes to something like this, but it’s actually refreshing to hear that Disney will let Fisher’s performance stand as-is. Here’s looking forward to her Star Wars legacy going out on a high note.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens December 15.