There was hopes and rumors… but Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy has sadly confirmed that Carrie Fisher will not appear in Star Wars Episode IX.
““Sadly, Carrie will not be in IX. But we will see a lot of Carrie in VIII.”
So what about Fisher’s brother Todd who recently said that he and Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd, had given Lucasfilm permission to use footage of Fisher in the series’ ninth entry? ““Both of us were like, ‘Yes, how do you take her out of it?’ And the answer is you don’t.”
According to Kennedy, Todd was “probably confused,”:
“We finished everything in VIII, and Carrie is absolutely phenomenal in the movie. We’re so happy that we were able to complete shooting in the summer. Unfortunately, Carrie passed away. So by the time we were well underway with Episode IX, in our thoughts, we had not written the script. But we’ve regrouped and started over again in January, so, sadly, Carrie will not be in IX.”
Kennedy’s statements are similar to comments Disney CEO Bob Iger made earlier this year. “In ‘Rogue One,’ we created digitally a few characters … we’re not doing that with Carrie,” he said.