It’s Official, Carrie Fisher Won’t Return as Leia After ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’

Alongside a brand new and quite incredible look at Star Wars: The Last Jedi, this weekend’s Star Wars Celebration in Orlando has given us plenty of answers to questions we’ve had for a very long time. Unfortunately, one of those answers is truly heart-breaking.

One of the biggest, if not the biggest question we’ve had in the past four months is how much longer we’ll get to see the wonderful Carrie Fisher as the iconic Leia Organa. How much footage did she shoot? Was it for both Episode VIII and Episode IX? Well, thanks to Celebration this weekend and ABC who caught up with Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, we now have our answer.

Fisher tragically passed last December of a sudden heart attack, leaving questions about her character going forward in the forever franchise. With Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in theaters at the time, which digitally recreated Fisher to the time of Star Wars in 1977, Lucasfilm and Disney were quick to assure fans that the rumors that they would resurrect the actress through the new technology were as false. Now, Kennedy has given us the cold hard truth, Fisher will not appear in Episode IX: “Sadly, Carrie will not be in nine,” Kennedy said. “But we will see a lot of Carrie in eight.”

This does come to a bit of a surprise as not even a week ago, Fisher’s brother made comments saying that her daughter, Billie Lourd, gave Disney permission to use already shot footage to bring her character’s story to an end in Colin Trevorrow’s Episode IX. But as it turns out, as Kennedy says, Leia’s arc will come to a close in Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi:

“We finished everything in 8, and Carrie is absolutely phenomenal in the movie,” Kennedy said. “Unfortunately, Carrie passed away. So by the time we were well underway with episode 9 in our thoughts, we had not written the script yet, but regrouped and we started over in January.”

What do you think fans? Is it the smart move to finish her story in The Last Jedi? How big of a role will she have? Ryan Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters on December 15th, 2017, with Colin Trevorrow’s Star Wars: Episode IX currently holding a May 24th, 2019 release date.

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