– by Campbell Clark

Last December, our favorite Princess and talented actress and writer Carrie Fisher passed away after suffering from a heart attack. While everyone’s primary concerns is for that of Fisher’s family and friends, it has since caused some debate on what Disney should do with her character in the new Star Wars movies. Fisher had completed all work on Star Wars: The Last Jedi before her untimely passing, and Disney CEO Bob Iger has already told us that The Last Jedi would not be altered in any way as a result of this.

The debate amongst fans has been concerned with how they should deal with this unexpected and sad event with regards to the currently-untitled Star Wars Episode IX. At first, we had Fisher’s brother Todd saying that they had given Disney permission to use her image and other footage for Episode IX. That was then followed up by head of Lucasfilm Kathleen Kennedy who said:

“He must be mistaken. Sadly, Carrie will not be in IX, but we will see a lot of Carrie in VIII.”

This has so far left us scratching our head as to how they were going to progress with Episode IX regarding Princess Leia. My personal view had always been that perhaps the character gets killed in The Last Jedi, thereby rendering the debate moot. Well I will have to change my stance after the recent comments made by Kathleen Kennedy to EW:

“Obviously, with Carrie having passed away, it shook everybody. We pretty much started over.”

So there you have it folks, they scrapped what they had and started again from scratch. Now, I could be wrong, but to me this seems to link in perfectly with the story we brought you on Rian Johnson not being involved with the writing of Episode IX. What if Rian Johnson’s initial ideas were what they had to scrap after Fisher’s passing in January? Could this be the reason that The Last Jedi director said he was not involved in the writing process for Episode IX, because they had to start again due to tragic circumstances?

It still leaves the question of how they will develop the script around this, we still have no idea what the characters story progression in The Last Jedi will be, but it does seem highly likely that Fisher was supposed be involved in Episode IX, how heavily we may never know? But as we reported, the task is now that of director Colin Trevorrow and his long time writing partner Derek Connolly to accomplish.

What do you think of this news? How should Trevorrow and Connolly deal with this tragic loss and still carry on with Star Wars Episode IX? As always, let us know in the comments below!

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