Carrie Fisher Won't Appear in 'Star Wars: Episode IX,' Lucasfilm Says

17 April, 2017, 05:13 | Author: Rachel Hardy

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While the first day of this year's Star Wars Celebration official fan convention in Orlando, Florida was all about looking back at the Star Wars franchise's four-decade history, the second day was about looking forward. Pictured: Fisher at the European Premiere of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" in London on December 16, 2015.

But now at last, Kennedy says, they've found a way to explain her absence, though of course, we'll have to wait until we see how Episode VIII ends before they can share any part of it with the fans.

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In subsequent images, Resistance winged fighters explode as pilot Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) runs toward them. InThe Force Awakens, the moment features John Boyega's Finn, jumping up awake after crashing on Jakku, gasping for air, still dressed in his stormtrooper outfit. The Millennium Falcon swoops into the frame.

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According to a statement from Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, Carrie Fisher will not appear in the film at all, though she mentioned that we'll get to see her quite a bit in The Last Jedi. We'll see a lot of her in VII, which is great, ' she added. "She went from being an unknown actress, the daughter of Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, to Princess Leia..." Late actress Carrie Fisher plays General Leia Organa; the filming of her scenes was completed before her death on 27 December, 2016.

"Obviously, with Carrie having passed away, it shook everybody", she said. But the other new characters played by Laura Dern and Benicio del Toro are still under wraps. You can also find photos of the panel (Courtesy of Walt Disney Studios), including a new photo of Luke Skywalker in the sequel, below. "It is time for the Jedi to end", he says.

"Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi" won't hit theaters until Christmas, so you can be sure that this trailer will be watched hundreds of millions of times before then and we'll likely get a couple of new trailers before then as well.

However Kennedy told ABC News: 'Sadly, Carrie will not be in (Episode) Nine.

"Breathe, just breathe. Now, reach out".

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