Lucasfilm Sets Meeting to Develop a Plan for Leia After the Loss of Carrie Fisher


As Carrie Fisher’s family and Star Wars fans around the world mourn the loss of Carrie, Lucasfilm has begun to look to the future in order to develop a plan to rework the story for Episode IX due to the untimely death of the franchise’s beloved Princess.

THR reports Episode IX director Colin Trevorrow will fly to Los Angeles next week to meet with Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy to weigh out the options of how to alter the storyline in a way that not only serves the franchise best but also honors the memory of Carrie Fisher.

Insiders told THR that at least two major scenes from the upcoming films will be affected including (spoiler warning) a reunion between Princess Leia and her brother, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), and a confrontation between Leia and her son, Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), over the murder of his father, Leia’s husband, Han Solo (Harrison Ford).

While It’s not something I care too much about at the moment, although I’m sure I will greatly going forward, Lucasfilm has plenty of time to come up with something that makes sense and serves the story well with Episode IX not due to start shooting for a few more months and the release of Episode VIII just under a year away. My only hope is that it doesn’t end up being something implausible like Paul Walker’s exit from the Fast franchise. Universal did they best they could mid-production of Furious 7 after the untimely loss of Walker, however. The exit of Brian O’Connor from the story doesn’t make much sense anymore with his brother-in-law, Vin Diesel, breaking bad in The Fate of the Furious.

Leia’s scenes could be reshot to work an exit for her character into the story or they could use CGI most recently seen in Rogue One to work around Carrie’s death. While it wouldn’t be unethical, my money would be on the former as the use of CGI to resurrect Fisher in order to keep her character going seems a little insensitive this close to Fisher’s death. At least in the case of Furious 7, it was really only used to exit Walker from the franchise.



‘Star Wars Episode IX’ Could Start Filming in April 2017

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Lucasfilm is taking their time, carefully crafting the latest trilogy of the Skywalker Saga. Episode VIII, which will be released two years after The Force Awakens during the Christmas 2017 season, began filming in February of 2016 just a month and a half after The Force Awakens hit theaters. The film completed production in July and by August it was being piped into the editing bay for Rian Johnson to begin assembling the project. John Williams also began writing the score for the film back in August and is heading into the recording studio to begin scoring the film this month which suggests a cut of the film is most certainly in order.

Per a new report from Project Casting, Star Wars Episode IX could start filming as early as April 2017 giving the film a total of 25 months to complete production.

While film productions are coming together faster and faster, Lucasfilm is giving director Colin Trevorrow plenty of time to helm a film that will protect the value of Disney’s acquisition of the brand for years to come.

The Young Han Solo spinoff also starts filming this January, set for a May 2018 release giving it just about a year and a half to meet the deadline for its theatrical debut.

Star Wars Episode IX is slated for release on May 23, 2019.

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