Carrie Fisher’s Star Wars legacy will continue posthumously as the actor will appear as her iconic character Princess Leia in in Episode IX of the third Star Wars trilogy, reports Deadline.
Carrie’s brother Todd Fisher said, “She’s as much a part of it as anything and I think her presence now is even more powerful than it was, like Obi Wan — when the saber cuts him down he becomes more powerful. I feel like that’s what’s happened with Carrie. I think the legacy should continue.”
Filming of episode IX has yet to begin, but Todd Fisher said he and Carrie’s daughter Billie Lourd have given the Lucasfilm permission to feature previously shot unused footage of Fisher in the 2019 film.
Todd continued, “Both of us were like, ‘Yes, how do you take her out of it?’ And the answer is you don’t.”
While the first draft of Episode IX has been written, it’s currently unclear how the Star Wars storyline has been altered after Carrie’s death or what footage producers will utilise. In an earlier statement, Disney and Lucasfilm had announced that they will not feature the actress via CGI technology in Episode IX after having done so for her Rogue One cameo.
Carrie Fisher had finished shooting the upcoming Episode VIII: The Last Jedi at the time of her December 27th death. Leia reportedly plays a significant role in The Last Jedi.