Carrie Fisher may be gone but her spirit lives on forever and the actress herself will soon be on the big screen again. General Leia Organa will return for the final installment of the new Star Wars trilogy, the still unnamed Episode IX.
When the trilogy was first being mapped out, there was a clear plan as it relates to the stars of the original trilogy. The Force Awakens would be Han Solo’s (Harrison Ford) time to shine. The Last Jedi would be Luke Skywalker’s (Mark Hamill) film. That left Episode IX for Fisher as Leia. But then Fisher passed away in December 2016.
For a short while, it was unclear what Lucasfilm would decide to do. There was even some indecision on the studio’s part, first announcing that The Last Jedi would give Fisher a fitting send off and then announcing she would return in Episode IX after all. Previously unseen footage shot for The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi will be used to insert Fisher’s General Organa into the final film, something Hamill thinks she would find hilarious.
“Something tells me she’d get a real kick out of the fact she had a hit movie years after she left us,” Hamill said to Radio Times. “That was just her.”
The decision to honor Fisher this way has already received a stamp of approval from her brother but Hamill’s endorsement speaks volumes as well.
“I’d like to think nothing would be better than having her here because she was always fun… She could always make me laugh. I was proud that I could make her laugh. That’s really what it’s all about!”
Hamill also admitted that watching the final scene between Luke and Leia in The Last Jedi is very difficult for him. It was meant to be a goodbye between the characters but now it feels like something else.
“To lose Carrie in real life – I hate when harsh reality butts into my fantasy!” he said. “It was really upsetting and it’s not easy dealing with it in public. You didn’t have to know her to be a fan of hers. It’s unspeakably sad. I mean, usually, her timing was impeccable. In this case, not so much.
“When I watch that scene when I say goodbye to her, it takes me out of the movie completely,” he said.
Star Wars: Episode IX is due out on December 20th.
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