Even after today’s trailer drop, we still don’t know much about The Last Jedi. We know even less about Episode IX. But one rumor about that yet-to-be-titled film has been shot down: the late Carrie Fisher will not appear in it.
This news comes straight from Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy, and contradicts recent comments made by Fisher’s brother, Todd Fisher, that the actress would appear in Episode IX using previously-shot footage. (She had already completed her scenes in The Last Jedi before her death.) Here’s the clip from Good Morning America where Kennedy sets it straight:
Though that’s disappointing to hear, it makes total sense to end Leia’s story with a film in which Fisher was still able to fully embody the character. Kennedy told Yahoo News today that the script for director and co-writer Colin Trevorrow’s Episode IX—revised to take into account that General Organa would not appear in it—is “very close” to completion. And there’s no doubt Fisher’s presence will still be felt in the next film, even if she doesn’t physically appear in it—she’s just too important to the Star Wars galaxy.