Carrie Fisher Will Not Appear in 'Star Wars: Episode IX', Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy Says
By Jennifer Drysdale
Carrie Fisher will not be appearing in Star Wars: Episode IX.
Despite Todd Fisher's recent statement that his sister would be a part of the ninth installment of the franchise, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy told ABC News on Friday that the actress's last appearance as General Leia Organa will be in The Last Jedi.
"We finished everything in VII, and Carrie is absolutely phenomenal in the movie, and we're so lucky that we were able to complete shooting in the summer. Unfortunately, Carrie passed away by the time we were well underway with Episode IX in our thoughts. We had not written the script yet. But we've regrouped. We started over again in January," Kennedy said. "So sadly, Carrie will not be in IX."
Todd told the New York Daily News last week that he and Carrie's daughter, Billie Lourd, gave Disney permission to use recent footage of her for Episode IX. "Both of us were like, 'Yes, how do you take her out of it?’ And the answer is you don’t," he 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. I’m not the only part in that equation, but I think the people deserve to have her. She’s owned by them.”
"He was probably confused," Kennedy explained on Friday.
Lucasfilm confirmed shortly after Carrie's death in December that it had "no plans to digically re-create Carrie Fisher's performance as Princess or General Leia Organa" in Episode IX.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters on Dec. 15, 2017, and Episode IX is due in 2019.