The late actress’ family gave the studio permission to use her recent footage for the final Star Wars movie, according to Todd Fisher.
The future of the last couple of Star Wars movies seemed uncertain after the death of Carrie Fisher last December. Her work on “The Last Jedi”, which will hit theaters this December, was completed before her death, much to the delight of fans. But there were rumors that Lucasfilm could add her into the final movie, as they did with Peter Cushing in last year’s “Rogue One”.
Episode IX will feature Princess Leia:
However, Lucasfilm denied the rumors in a statement released last January. But, according to Carrie’s brother, Todd Fisher, he and her daughter Billie Lourd gave the studio permission to use recent footage of her for the film, thus ensuring she will be in “Episode IX”
During the opening night of TCM Film Festival in Los Angeles, Fisher told the New York Daily News: “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 saber cuts him down he becomes more powerful. I feel like that’s what’s happened with Carrie. I think the legacy should continue.”
Director Rian Johnson said that General Leia’s role in “The Last Jedi” will be bigger than in 2015’s “The Force Awakens”, however no one knows yet how she will figure into the plot.
She belongs to the fans:
Fisher said: “I’m not the only part in that equation, but I think the people deserve to have her. She’s owned by them.”
According to Lucasfilm, none of the plot of the final “Star Wars” film would be rewritten because of Fisher’s death. This leaves us to see how they’ll have her in the film without digitally recreating her appearance, when the movie is released.
Fisher added: “You don’t mess with this legacy. 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.”