When Carrie Fisher sadly passed from this world far too soon and the mourning process settled in, many began to wonder what that would mean for Princess Leia in ‘Star Wars: Episode IX.’ As we’ve come to learn ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ was to shine the spotlight on Harrison Ford’s Han Solo, ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ was to give us Mark Hamill’s final outing as a still-living Luke Skywalker, and the final episode was to put Fisher front and center.
Rumors of recasting, CGI overlays on another actress, a complete CGI recreation, and an off-screen death between movies all were floating around the Internet. Thankfully, they didn’t have to go that round, and director J.J. Abrams shared that he and co-writer Chris Terrio “talked about how to move on” with the character. As to how they made this final installment happen:
“You don’t recast, and you don’t suddenly have her disappear. We had a lot of scenes from The Force Awakens that went unused. The idea of using a CG character was off the table. We didn’t even want to try.
“Emotionally, every day it hits me that she is not here, but it’s so surreal because we’re working with her still, if that makes sense. She’s in scenes, she’s so alive in scenes, and the craziest thing is so how so not crazy it feels. Princess Leia lives in this film in a way that is kind of mind-blowing to me.”
I suspect it is going to be mind-blowing to all of us as well when we see how they had taken her previously unused performances and craft an entire final tale around them.
As Oscar Isaac has previously stated, they deal with this “in a really beautiful way.”
Are you glad that actual footage of Carrie Fisher is being used to finish Princess Leia’s story in ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’? Would you have been open to recasting or CGI being used to bring her back had they gone another route? How do you think they’ll wrap up Leia’s story in the upcoming film? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ will be released in December of 2019.