Carrie Fisher Episode 9

In April of 2017, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said that the late Carrie Fisher would not appear in the upcoming Star Wars: Episode 9, despite the claims of Todd Fisher, Carrie’s brother. But it looks like Todd ended up being right in the long run, because the production ultimately figured out a way to include General Leia after all by utilizing unused footage that was shot during the making of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

In a recent interview, Todd Fisher reacts to the decision and says Leia’s final appearance will be “important to us all.”

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Carrie Fisher in Episode 9

When the Star Wars: Episode 9 cast was announced, the line-up included a big surprise: Carrie Fisher. Fisher died before the release of The Last Jedi, and many assumed her character, Leia Organa, wouldn’t be featured in the next film. According to the Episode 9 cast announcement, director J.J. Abrams plans to utilize unused Force Awakens footage of Fisher. Now, Fisher’s brother is claiming the film will also employ additional, unused Last Jedi footage as well.

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General Leia in Star Wars Episode 9

When the official press release announcing the cast of Star Wars: Episode 9 was revealed on Friday, fans were happy to hear that Mark Hamill would be returning as Luke Skywalker (likely in a Force ghost capacity) and Billy Dee Williams would finally reprise his role of Lando Calrissian. But there was one returning legacy character that was rather surprising: Carrie Fisher as General Leia.

Carrie Fisher sadly passed away in December of 2016, which resulted in a massive overhaul of what was originally planned for Episode 9. Since then, fans have assumed that a time jump between Star Wars: The Last Jedi and the next and final installment of the Skywalker saga would make it possible for General Leia to have died off-screen. But as the press release says, J.J. Abrams has figured out a way to use unseen footage from The Force Awakens to bring the character back and offer “a truly satisfying conclusion” with her presence.

The question is: what footage could have been shot for The Force Awakens that might be repurposed for Star Wars: Episode 9? It turns out that there are a couple possible sequences cut from The Force Awakens that we already know about which might offer some hint as to how Carrie Fisher will come into play for this final chapter in the Skywalker saga. Read More »

Episode 9 cast

Update: Actress Keri Russell was added to the official press release a few hours after the cast announcement.  Our original article follows, along with a brief update about Russell’s involvement.

The cast of Star Wars: Episode 9 has just been announced, and it includes some big surprises. See the full Episode 9 cast below.

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last jedi deleted scene

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the longest Star Wars movie to date. It would’ve been even longer with the inclusion of several deleted scenes that are featured on the home video release. Now, Mark Hamill, has voiced his regret over the deletion of one specific scene: Luke mourning the death of Han Solo.

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Star Wars The Last Jedi gag reel

Star Wars: The Last Jedi has been available to buy on Digital HD platforms for a little while now, today marks the first time the latest film in the Star Wars saga is available to own on Blu-ray and DVD. To celebrate, Entertainment Tonight has released another peek at one of the film’s bonus features: a gag reel that shows Oscar Isaac‘s Poe Dameron getting slapped repeatedly by Carrie Fisher‘s General Leia, actors making goofy faces on the set, and more.
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The Director and the Jedi documentary

Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be hitting Blu-ray very soon. Nestled among the many special features is a documentary called The Director and the Jedi, which provides an intimate look at the making of the latest Star Wars film. New The Director and the Jedi details are revealed below.

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princess leia lives

This post contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

It’s been one year since we lost Carrie Fisher, and to borrow a sentiment from her “space brother” Mark Hamill, it’s hard to think of her in anything but the present tense. She was so beloved, and so larger-than-life, that death was but a blip in her biography. She will live on forever as a writer, a personality, a mother, godmother, and actress. And she will, of course, always be our cherished princess and general, Leia Organa of the Star Wars universe.

One unfortunate byproduct of her untimely passing was that we’ll never get to see what was meant to be her star turn in Star Wars Episode IX, the script of which is being completely retooled to write Leia out in a way that honors the character. Luckily for J.J. Abrams, the writer/director tasked with bidding Leia adieu, Rian Johnson set up some easy reroutes in the text of The Last Jedi. Near that film’s end, Leia passes the reins of the Resistance to Poe Dameron. She also suffered a near-fatal injury in the film, one she’s still recovering from by the end. Perhaps a worn-down Leia – fresh from the loss of her husband and brother, and troubled by her son’s ascension to the Supreme Leader throne – succumbs to her ailments. Or perhaps she’s taken down in a First Order strike.

Whatever the case, Leia will still be a major part of Episode IX. Part of that is plot, but it’s also in her symbolic influence on all of the women in this era of Star Wars. It was present in The Last Jedi, and it will be present going forward. Here are the hooks she already has in the legacy of the women of Star Wars.

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Leia in The Last Jedi

Every moment featuring Carrie Fisher as General Leia in Star Wars: The Last Jedi is far more emotional than it’s intended to be. The passing of the actress after production ended means that we’ll never see her reprise the iconic role in future Star Wars films, and Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy has already said that they have no intention on bringing her back to life using CG.

The film works surprisingly well as a send-off to the character and the actress, but I wondered why they didn’t close the loop storyline-wise, as there seemed to be more than a few opportunities to do so within the context of the film’s story. During my spoiler-filled discussion with writer/director Rian Johnson, I asked if they had considered doing so and why he ultimately decided not to alter the original story of The Last Jedi to reflect the real-life death of Carrie Fisher.

Major spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi follow.

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last jedi leia final lines

Carrie Fisher was many things over the course of her career: actress, writer, princess, general, and of course, script doctor. Over her 30-plus year career, she edited countless scripts and worked with a variety of renowned directors in the process.

Fisher began rewriting her lines during the first Star Wars trilogy, so it seems only fitting that the last script she would work on would be her final Star Wars film.

Major spoilers ahead, of course.

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