It’s official: Carrie Fisher’s General Leia will not appear in the forthcoming “Star Wars: Episode IX.”
The news was confirmed by producer Kathleen Kennedy at the currently ongoing “Star Wars Celebration” in Orlando, as reported by outlets including THR.
Speaking at the event Kennedy stated that, “Sadly, Carrie will not be in 9, but we will see a lot of Carrie in 8.”
This revelation will likely disappoint many fans, especially as reports surfaced earlier this month that Fisher’s brother Todd had previously said his sister would be in the planned ninth installment of the Star Wars saga. Commenting on Todd’s statements, Kennedy described them as “confused.”
Fisher died this past December, shortly after completing filming for “The Last Jedi.”
It remains to be seen how General Leia’s departure will be handled within the narrative of the Star Wars saga, particularly whether or not her character will be overtly written out.
“Star Wars: Episode IX” is scheduled for release in 2019, and will be directed by Colin Trevorrow. “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” the eight installment in the saga, is scheduled for release on December 15, 2017, with the first teaser trailer released today.