Earlier this afternoon, Carrie Fisher passed away following her recent heart attack. However, General Leia Organa will live on in “Star Wars: Episode VIII,” which Fisher finished shooting just this summer. Deadline reports that not only did she complete her scenes for the next “Star Wars” film, but that she also has a larger role.
According to the report, “For ‘Episode VIII,‘ Leia had a larger role.” In July, director Rian Johnson announced that the film had “officially wrapped,” which indicates that principal photography — including Fisher’s scenes — had been completed. However, until now, most details about the film have been kept under lock and key, up to and including its title. While the report doesn’t reveal a lot of information about Fisher’s role, it does suggest that she’ll have a bigger role than she did in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
Fisher was intended to return for “Star Wars: Episode IX,” which is scheduled for release in 2019 and doesn’t begin shooting until next year. It’s unclear at this time how Disney intends to proceed considering Fisher’s untimely death. Though nothing is certain at this point, it’s worth noting that the studio recently used CGI technology to bring the late Peter Cushing’s General Tarkin to “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” which hit theaters this December, a good 22 years following his death. Additionally, that same technology was also applied to Fisher herself, as a much younger Princess Leia Organa appeared in the conclusion of the film.
Fisher won’t be the only one with an expanded role in “Star Wars: Episode VIII.” In an earlier interview, Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourd revealed that she will also have a larger role in the film. In “The Force Awakens,” she played Lieutenant Kaydel Ko Connix and had only one line: an exchange with her mother’s General Leia. However, it looks like she’ll have more to do when “Episode VIII” hits theaters.
“Star Wars: Episode VIII” also stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver and more. The “Star Wars” franchise will continue with an untitled young Han Solo movie on May 25, 2018 and “Star Wars: Episode IX,” which will be released at some point in 2019.
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