Around the Galaxy: Star Wars News & Notes – July 28, 2018
Count Carrie Fisher’s brother Todd among those ecstatic to see his sister return to the Star Wars galaxy.
“I couldn’t be more personally thrilled and happy that our Carrie will reprise her role as Princess Leia in the new and final Star Wars Episode IX, using previously unreleased footage of her shot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” said Fisher’s brother Todd in a statement reported by Variety.com.
“As we, her family, as well as her extended family of fans around the world so believe, Carrie’s ‘Princess Leia’ is forever entrenched in the franchise and her indelible presence is fundamental to the film. J.J. Abrams understood Carrie’s iconic role, and he has masterfully re-crafted this final entry to include this unused and very last footage of Carrie ever taken, without resorting to CGI or animatronics.
Our family and her fans will look forward with great anticipation for this one!”
In anonther statement,Variety reported that Abrams explained, “Finding a truly satisfying conclusion to the Skywalker saga without her eluded us. We were never going to recast, or use a CG character.”
With the support and blessing from her daughter, Billie, we have found a way to honor Carrie’s legacy and role as Leia in Episode IX by using unseen footage we shot together in Episode VII.”
Shutting up, sir…
As for me–and like many–I’ve been speechless since Friday afternoon, and continue to struggle with the words to capture my excitement for the casting notice MSW editor-in-chief Jason Ward reported yesterday.
However, I think it’s my other boss, Amanda Ward, who captured my thoughts–and a lot of others’–pretty well via tweet:
A Tribute to Carrie Fisher
Since we’re at it, let’s watch this again: