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Carrie Fisher Was Supposed to Lead Star Wars Episode IX

Carrie Fisher Was Supposed to Lead Star Wars Episode IX

The magazine, Vanity Fair, released a feature article this week covering Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Along with four different cover photos, it delves in with the actors and creators of the film. Not surprisingly, was the extent to which Carrie Fisher was such an influence and touched so many lives.

John Boyega shared that Fisher would bestow her life wisdom on the younger actors to help them get through tough times. She supported Boyega through the racist backlash when the first image of him as a Stormtrooper in the Force Awakens was released.

Ah, boohoo, who f—-in’ cares? You just do you,
— Carrie Fisher

Boyega was strengthened by Carrie's words and support. Daisy Ridley reminisced that Fisher lived life according to her own rules and never apologized for it. Something Ridley is still learning to do.

Some may be surprised and saddened to learn of the role planned for Carrie Fisher that would have placed General Organa as a central figure of episode IX. Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy said,

The minute she (Carrie Fisher) finished (filming episode VIII), she grabbed me and said, ‘I’d better be at the forefront of IX!’ because Harrison(Ford) was front and center on VII, and Mark (Hamill) is front and center on VIII. She thought IX would be her movie. And it would have been.

After Fisher's untimely death, Lucasfilm was quick to shut down rumors that she would appear in the next movie installment through CG as Tarkin did in Rogue One. Fisher had completed all of her work on The Last Jedi before she passed away, but no scripts were yet written for IX. So it is unclear where that leaves the ongoing story, but production is slated to begin in January 2018.

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