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Star Wars: Disney Weighing Options for Princess Leia After Carrie Fisher's Death - Report

Episode IX director Colin Trevorrow and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy are reportedly meeting up to "discuss options."


According to a new report, some of the key people involved in the Star Wars film franchise will meet soon to discuss how to move forward with the character Princess Leia following actress Carrie Fisher's passing.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Leia is currently pegged to show up in this year's Episode VIII and 2019's Episode IX. Sources told the site that Leia is supposed to have at least two major scenes in those films, including a reunion with Luke Skywalker and a clash with Kylo Ren.

The report goes on to say that Leia was to play a larger role in Episode IX than Episode VIII, though specifics about her reportedly planned scenes in those movies are unavailable. This year's movie, Episode VIII, already finished filming, while Episode IX hasn't started.

The filmmakers could decide to write Leia out of Episode IX and then reshoot her scenes. This wouldn't be uncharted territory for the series, as THR explains that the original script for The Force Awakens was changed significantly, though it's unknown if any characters were entirely written out. This year's Rogue One also had reshoots, as many movies do.

It's also possible that the filmmakers could use CG effects to put Leia in Episode IX. This year's Rogue One resurrected Peter Cushing for the role of Grand Moff Tarkin.

Episode IX director Colin Trevorrow is meeting with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy the week of January 10 to "discuss options," according to THR.

Fisher was cast as Princess Leia Organa at the age of 19 for the 1977 original Star Wars. She is the daughter of Singin' in the Rain actress Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher. Reynolds passed away one day after her daughter. A private memorial service for Fisher and Reynolds is being held today, January 5, in Beverley Hills, according to THR.

This story has been updated.

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