Monday, June 18, 2018

Monday's Headlines - Star Wars News

Todd Fisher hopes his late sister, General Leia Organa actress Carrie Fisher, plays a role in next year’s Star Wars: Episode IX, but told Variety Disney-Lucasfilm hasn’t informed the family of their plans for future installments.

“Yoda came back in the last movie, so why not Carrie?” Fisher said. “In the first film, Obi-Wan says that if he dies, he’ll come back stronger than ever. I feel like that’s Carrie. She’ll never disappear entirely.”

The Star Wars icon died in December 2016 at age 60 after portraying the princess-turned-general across five films. The actress committed to Lucasfilm’s sequel trilogy after Disney’s 2012 acquisition of the company, reprising her role for the first time since 1983’s Return of the Jedi in 2015 franchise revival The Force Awakens and again in its 2017 sequel, The Last Jedi.

As the seasoned leader of the Resistance — the new band of freedom fighters battling against the galaxy’s biggest threat, the Empire-like First Order — Leia was immediately established as a key figure in the sequel trilogy that shifted the focus to a newer, younger trio of heroes, comprised of scavenger Rey (Daisy Ridley), Stormtrooper deserter Finn (John Boyega) and X-wing pilot Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac).

And it’s Fisher’s onscreen son, the emotionally volatile Ben Solo (Adam Driver) — half parts Leia, half parts Han Solo (Harrison Ford) — who reinvented himself as Darth Vader wannabe Kylo Ren, the red lightsaber-wielding villain at the center of this latest chapter of the ongoing Skywalker saga.

Foregoing any digital trickery — the same kind used to salvage an unfinished Paul Walker performance on Furious 7, completed after the actor’s death with the use of body doubles and CGI recreations — Leia won't appear in Episode IX.

“Sadly, Carrie will not be in [Episode IX],” Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy told ABC News in April 2017.

Two weeks after Fisher’s death, Lucasfilm released a statement through the official Star Wars website directly addressing rumors the studio considered resurrecting the actress via CGI for Episode IX.

“We want to assure our fans that Lucasfilm has no plans to digitally recreate Carrie Fisher’s performance as Princess or General Leia Organa,” the statement read, a rare instance of the Disney-owned studio directly addressing the rumor mill.

It’s unknown if that stance has changed in the year-plus since, and returning Episode IX co-writer and director J.J. Abrams famously plays his cards close to the chest.