It’s unfortunate when anyone passes away, but when you’re as big of a pop culture icon, you’re certainly bound to break a great many hearts of fans who grew up looking up to you. This was the case with Carrie Fisher, a woman who will forever be Princess Leia to generations of fans — though she also contributed to the industry as a renowned script doctor for many big films. What’s more is that she was set to have a pretty sizable role in the yet-to-be-filmed Star Wars Episode 9.
While Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has discussed Fisher’s passing, we had yet to hear from Episode 9’s director, Colin Trevorrow. Speaking with CinemaBlend, Trevorrow the void that was left by Fisher.
“She was a major character [in Episode 9], that's not a secret. She really was. And it was extremely sad for all of us, mostly just because she was so loved by the Star Wars family and everyone that worked with her. I feel like our options are limited mostly by ourselves, in that there is only certain things that we are willing to do. But I can guarantee it will be handled with love and respect, and all of the soul that Carrie Fisher deserves.”
Indeed Lucasfilm has already promised not to bring Fisher back to life with CG, but recasting was still something that was an option for a bit. However, once Kennedy spoke about their needed to regroup and figure out a new direction, it was clear they had no intentions of doing so. From my personal perspective, it’s a bit disheartening to know that this external force is tampering with the natural flow of the story, but so long as the right amount of love is put into the film, who’s to say that has to be a bad thing?
Years ago, fans entrusted the beloved franchise into Disney’s hands, and since then, they’ve given us no reason to doubt them. Let’s just hope their strong track record continues here.
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