Carrie Fisher is “phenomenal” as Leia Organa in Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi – but after her death, she will not now be appearing in Episode IX, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has confirmed.
The Star Wars executive told Good Morning America that although General Leia was initially set to feature in Episode IX, Fisher’s death late last year made them ‘start over’.
“We finished everything in VIII, and Carrie is absolutely phenomenal in the movie, and we’re so happy that we were able to complete shooting in the summer,” Kennedy said in the interview above.
However, with Episode IX still to be filmed, Kennedy explained that plans had to be changed following Fisher’s death: “By the time we were well underway with Episode IX in our thoughts, we had no written the scripts yet, but we’ve regrouped, we started over again in January. So sadly, Carrie will not be in IX. But we’ll see a lot of her in VIII, which is great.”