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It has been almost a year since the tragic death of Carrie Fisher and there has been a lot anticipation, tinged with sadness, about seeing her final portrayal as Leia in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Clearly, Leia is an icon not just in Star Wars but film in general. She was an inspirational figure to a lot of people and there was uncertainty about how Carrie Fisher’s death could affect the story of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Leia’s Story Remains The Same
This has been a topic of discussion for a while but it now seems that we have a concrete answer when it comes to her role in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Thankfully, according to an interview with director Rian Johnson in Rolling Stone, Leia’s story will remain unchanged and be shown as it was intended to be shown. Johnson stated that “we didn’t end up changing a thing. Luckily, we had a totally complete performance from her”.
It is well known that Rian Johnson developed a great rapport with Carrie Fisher while making Star Wars: The Last Jedi. In the interview with Rolling Stone, he stated that, while filming, “you got to experience a little bit of that magical sphere that she created” and that he was happy he “got to poke my head into that, briefly, and know her even a little bit”.
What about Episode IX?
Clearly, this is great news but the focus after Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be on Episode IX and how J. J. Abrams will handle this situation. There will need to be a lot of discussion and collaboration between everyone involved with Episode IX in terms of how to bring Leia’s story to an end in a respectful and emotionally satisfying way. We will have to see what happens with Leia in Star Wars: The Last Jedi before we can speculate with any confidence about what will happen with Leia in Episode IX.
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