carrie fisher in episode 9

The tragic and unexpected death of Carrie Fisher had many wondering about the future of the Star Wars movies, notably Star Wars Episode 9, the film after Fisher’s last appearance in Star Wars Episode: The Last Jedi, and in which her character General Leia was intended to return.

The loss of Fisher weighs heavily on Episode 9 director Colin Trevorrow, who opened up on how the Star Wars sequel is moving on without her, and how they will pay respects to the princess, who became a general, who became a legend.

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Star Wars The Last Jedi - Vanity Fair

In honor of the 40th anniversary of Star Wars this week, Vanity Fair has published a huge cover story on this year’s forthcoming sequel, Star Wars: The Last Jedi. We saw the four covers that will be on shelves this week, but now the full photo spread shot by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz is online.

Along with the photos, there’s an extensive cover story that reveals a bunch of new Star Wars The Last Jedi details. So let’s run through everything we learned, including new information on characters played by Laura Dern and Benicio del Toro, the location known as Canto Bight, and a surprising interaction between Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and General Leia (Carrie Fisher). Keep in mind that if you want to go into The Last Jedi completely blind, you probably shouldn’t read beyond this point. Read More »

Star Wars The Last Jedi Vanity Fair Cover

Since the official 40th anniversary of the original Star Wars is coming this week on May 25, it looks like we’re going to get some special sneak peeks at this year’s continuance of the sci-fi saga, Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

The first teaser trailer arrived during Star Wars Celebration in Orlando last month, but now fans are hungry for even more. They’ll get it this week, as Vanity Fair has announced they’ll have a batch of photos from the set of the movie arriving on Wednesday, May 24, just as they did for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

To tease the arrival of these photos, Vanity Fair has released four different Star Wars: The Last Jedi covers that provide new looks at Rey (Daisy Ridley), Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), General Leia (Carrie Fisher), Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), Finn (John Boyega), General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson), Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie) and new character Rose Tico (Kelly Marie Tran).

Check out the Star Wars The Last Jedi Vanity Fair covers below. Read More »

episode 9 changed

Carrie Fisher‘s tragic death rocked the world and a galaxy far, far away. But while the world had to come to terms with losing a beloved star, Star Wars: Episode 9 had to grapple with losing their General.

And after they mourned the loss of Fisher, the team behind Episode 9 had to rethink how they were moving forward with the sequel to The Last Jedi, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy said. In the end, the only option was to not have General Leia Organa appear at all.

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Mark Hamill’s tribute to Carrie Fisher panel

With this year marking the first Star Wars Celebration since Carrie Fisher passed away last winter, there were plenty of touching words said about the late actress and writer by colleagues and admirers alike. But no one gave Carrie quite as wonderful a tribute as Star Wars brother Mark Hamill.

Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher formed a strong bond on the set of Star Wars and an even stronger friendship after the film turned them into international superstars. Therefore it should come as no surprise that Mark Hamill has some truly delightful, touching stories about Carrie Fisher in his own Star Wars Celebration panel that was a nearly hour-long tribute to the woman he refers to as his “beloved space twin.” Fortunately, you can watch Mark Hamill’s tribute to Carrie Fisher panel in its entirety right now. Read More »

Carrie Fisher in Star Wars Episode 9

Ever since Carrie Fisher passed away before the end of 2016, Star Wars fans have wondered how her character General Leia would be handled as the Star Wars saga continued. Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed that Star Wars: The Last Jedi would not have to be altered following her passing, despite reports indicating that Carrie Fisher was meant to play a bigger role in Star Wars: Episode 9. Part of the solution was to use existing footage of Carrie Fisher in Episode 9 that was shot during production of The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, according to Carrie Fisher’s brother Todd Fisher. But now Lucasfilm has done a complete 180 on that proposed plan.

Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy recently sat down for an interview after debuting the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi (watch it over and over again right here, and then check out our trailer breakdown), and she said that we will not see Carrie Fisher in Star Wars Episode 9 after all. Find out what Kathleen Kennedy said about the matter after the jump. Read More »

rian johnson's the last jedi set photos

During the Star Wars Celebration panel for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, writer/director Rian Johnson revealed that he kept a camera on his person at all times throughout the shoot, snapping photos whenever he saw a striking image. And since this was a Star Wars set, there were a lot of striking images, all of them captured in beautiful black and white.

A few of those photos were shared during the panel and you can check them out right now.

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Star Wars Celebration Carrie Fisher Tribute

It’s been a few months since we all felt the pain of losing the wonderful talent who was Carrie Fisher. Not only was she an accomplished star on the big screen, but she was also responsible for touching up scripts all over Hollywood with her biting wit and sharp intellect.

With Star Wars Celebration happening in Orlando, Florida without her in attendance, a tribute to the people’s princess, senator and general was put together, complete with an emotional reel of footage from Star Wars, archived interviews and behind-the-scenes moments. Plus, there’s a shot of her on the set of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Watch the Star Wars Celebration Carrie Fisher tribute below. Read More »

Carrie Fisher Returning for Star Wars Episode 9

Last year, Hollywood was hit hard with the death of Carrie Fisher, leaving Star Wars fans mourning for the loss of Princess Leia. After grief had passed, many wondered how the saga would proceed without Carrie Fisher able to return to the franchise. The actress had already completed her shooting for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but what would happen to Leia without Carrie Fisher around to give her a proper send-off?

Lucasfilm and Disney have already confirmed that visual effects will not be used to bring Carrie Fisher to life on the big screen again, even though they recently achieved the feat of bringing Peter Cushing back as Grand Moff Tarkin in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Instead, it turns out we’ll see Carrie Fisher returning for Star Wars Episode 9 thanks to existing footage of the actress. Read More »

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Last December, Hollywood was hit with the tragic news that Star Wars saga actress Carrie Fisher had passed away. She had already completed filming on Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but reports indicated that her character General Leia was meant to have an even bigger role in Star Wars: Episode IX. One of the options being discussed in order to fix this issue was making changes to General Leia’s role in The Last Jedi to reduce the problem of her not being in Episode IX. But that apparently won’t be necessary.

Disney CEO Bob Iger appeared today for a chat at the USC Marshall School of Business, and when conversation turned to Star Wars: The Last Jedi, he brought up the passing of Carrie Fisher and how it was being handled behind the scenes.  Read More »