It’s only been a couple of days since the death of Carrie Fisher. Across the world, fans of the Force mourn the loss of Princess Leia. Fisher’s Leia was a key part of the original three Star Wars films alongside Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Chewbacca. Yet, since the original trilogy Star Wars has returned for a new generation of films. As well as a host of new actors, most of the original cast have also returned. In The Force Awakens, we find out Leia is now a General, leading the Resistance against Kylo Ren and the First Order.
According to Deadline, much of Fisher’s material has already been shot for the franchise’s next installment, Episode VIII. In addition to this, she’ll have a larger role in Episode VIII than she did in Episode VII. Although, we’re still not exactly sure how much. This is really good news for fans, as Fisher has been an essential part of the franchise since it began.
However, with another film planned in Star Wars: Episode IX, it’s not clear as to how they might continue Leia’s storyline. Star Wars has a lot of resources at its disposal. With Disney behind them the possibilities are endless. The production could recreate Leia as they did with Peter Cushing’s Grand Moff Tarkin in Rogue One. We have already seen a CGI version of Leia in the latest Star Wars film. Yet, filming for Episode IX will likely happen in the next year and with Fisher’s death still so recent, this may be a little too insensitive.
Episode IX is still quite a way off though, giving the team plenty of time to think. In addition to this, Episode VIII premieres next year. So, we’ll still have those few fantastic scenes with Leia to treasure.