In a new clip shared by Good Morning America, President of Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy, clarifies that although Carrie Fisher plays a prominent role in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, she unfortunately will not appear in Episode IX. Kennedy explains that by the time of Fisher’s passing, although the story for Episode IX was far along in their heads, the script had not yet been written. After Fisher’s passing, Kennedy says that they “started over.”
Previously, Todd Fisher had claimed that unused footage of his sister would be featured in the film, but that doesn’t appear to be the case. However Lucasfilm has decided to proceed with the character of Leia following Carrie Fisher’s tragic passing in December; I’m sure they will properly honor her legacy in the saga and for the fans.
The brief clip can be seen below:
— Good Morning America (@GMA) April 14, 2017