On the finish of The Final Jedi, Leia is the lone member of the unique trilogy’s iconic trio nonetheless alive in-universe, so Abrams and firm have a troublesome job forward of them. The final’s absence goes to need to be addressed in a roundabout way, and it is of utmost significance that no matter they do honors Fisher’s great legacy. Since Episode IX has a script in place and starts shooting soon, Abrams probably is aware of how he is tackling this. Nonetheless, Lucasfilm is preserving issues near the chest for now.
In an interview with Variety, Fisher’s brother Todd revealed Disney has but to inform the household what they intend to do with the Leia character in Episode IX. Todd went on to say he hopes there’s nonetheless an element for the fiery insurrection chief in subsequent 12 months’s film:
“Yoda got here again within the final film, so why not Carrie? Within the first movie, Obi-Wan says that if he dies, he’ll come again stronger than ever. I really feel like that’s Carrie. She’ll by no means disappear solely.”
The one methods Carrie Fisher might seem in Star Wars 9 is that if Lucasfilm digitally recreates Leia a la Grand Moff Tarkin in Rogue One or repurposes outdated footage from earlier motion pictures. Both of those options are said to be off the table, which might clarify why the Fisher household stays in the dead of night about what Abrams is doing. If the filmmakers wished to make use of Carrie’s likeness, they must obtain permission from her property (Todd would probably must log out on something). However since Lucasfilm has been quiet, it lends credence to the speculation Leia has been written out of Episode IX and maybe died offscreen in some unspecified time in the future after The Final Jedi. Ideally, Lucasfilm will not be all that secretive about their plan for Leia. The thriller field is certainly one of Abrams’ emblems, however that is one space the place slightly transparency can be appreciated by many.
Lucasfilm additionally appears to have correctly opted not to recast the Leia function with a unique actress. A casting name made the rounds just lately, detailing a role for a woman between 40-50 years old. That description definitely feels like somebody who may very well be an skilled Resistance chief, and it would not be out of the query for the character to be some type of Leia alternative. Moreover, there are rumors pointing to Billy Dee Williams returning as Lando Calrissian, which might enable Episode IX to characteristic an unique trilogy legacy character. It is changing into much less probably Leia has a bodily presence within the movie, however she might have a non secular one because the heroes rally in her reminiscence to conquer darkness as soon as and for all.