2019 is set to be a big year for Star Wars fans. We have new TV series debuting, books and comics, however, it’s the release of Episode IX, the final film in the latest trilogy that has many fans already eagerly anticipating the end of the year. Episode IX brings to an end (at least, once again, for now) of the Skywalker family saga and as we have already been informed, Carrie Fisher’s General Leia will be making a return despite the fact that Fisher died two years ago.
Ever since her passing in December 2016, just how Fisher and Leia will be given a proper Star Wars ending has sparked many conversations, articles and speculation. It was made clear very early on that Leia would not be a CGI character, a la Grand Moff Tarkin in Rogue One or that they would recast the role.
At one stage it was feared that she would not appear at all, having passed before a script had been finalised for Episode IX let alone filming commencing. However, our fears were put to rest last year when it was announced that she would feature in the film and that they would be “using previously unreleased footage shot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
With this news came the expectation that Leia will in all likelihood not feature heavily in the film. The footage they are using is unseen, cut footage from The Force Awakens – that’s two films ago and likely before all the action of The Last Jedi was fully plotted out, and definitely before Episode IX. Recent hints from Fisher’s brother, Todd Fisher has raised expectations that Leia may indeed be more prominent that previously thought.
Appearing on Good Morning America on the two year anniversary of his sister’s death, Fisher said, “There’s a lot of minutes of footage. I don’t mean just outtakes.”
He went on, saying, “This is unused, new content that could be woven into the storyline. That’s what’s going to give everybody such a great kick. It’s going to look like it was meant to be. Like it was shot yesterday.”
This is news we all want to hear.
While he couldn’t go into specifics of the role and how much screen time the General actually he gets, he did state how pleased the family were with how Episode IX director J.J. Abrams had worked in the character and the previous footage. “We’re not allowed to talk about the details of anything, but we’re thrilled at what’s been done.”
Even more exciting for fans of Fisher is the news that there could be a lot more surprises and posthumous releases from the actress-writer. “We have a lot of her artifacts, and a lot of things of hers that she’s written that will someday be shared. There’s a lot more to come from Carrie.”
I, for one, cannot wait.
Star Wars: Episode IX is due in cinemas December 20th, 2019.