Carrie Fisher passed away just over three months ago and Star Wars fans felt the loss in The Force. There were many rumours about whether or not she would appear in future films in the franchise. The Walt Disney Company said they would not CGI her in to future films. This week, however, it appears we may be getting the real Carrie Fisher in Episode IX.
Todd Fisher, Carrie’s brother, has confirmed to the New York Daily News that he and Billie Lourd (Carrie‘s daughter) gave their permission to Disney. Originally, Carrie was rumoured to have a much bigger role in Episode IX. Disney is now expected to use footage that has already been filmed to at least have her in the final film.
While attending the opening night gala of the TCM Film Festival in Los Angeles, celebrating In the Heat of the Night, Todd Fisher had this to say:
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.
I think we can all agree that, as fans, we would love to at least have that final goodbye to our wonderful princess. Carrie Fisher has been as much a part of the Star Wars phenomenon as Mark Hamil, George Lucas or Harrison Ford. Thanks to Todd Fisher and Billie Lourd, we will get at least one last hoorah for General Leia Organa.
The only question that remains is what role she will play in the final film. We will have to wait a few years to find out, but it should be a fun ride.
Are you relieved that Carrie Fisher will be in the finale of the new trilogy? Do you think they should have used CGI? What are your thoughts? Please let us know in the comments below.