What Will Be Carrie Fisher’s Role in ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’? It Will Reportedly Surprise Fans
Lucasfilm recently announced that previously unseen footage of Carrie Fisher will be utilized for Star Wars: Episode IX, but now, it sounds like Leia’s role in the movie might actually be more significant than previously thought.
Star Wars News Net recently interviewed ABC News reporter Clayton Sandell, who said that he has spoken with Carrie Fisher’s brother, Todd Fisher. According to Sandell, Fisher revealed to him that Lucasfilm will be making use of footage from both The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi for Episode IX. Last week, Lucasfilm only said that footage from The Force Awakens would be used.
When asked how many minutes of Leia footage would be in Episode IX, Fisher wouldn’t say, but he did tease that he expects fans to be surprised.
“He (Todd Fisher) said there were big surprises coming – big surprises with this movie, this performance, and the unused footage – and said – this one is really for the fans,” Sandell said.
When Lucasfilm announced last week that Leia was going to be in Episode IX, fans assumed that the studio was likely just going to start the movie with the character’s death. Perhaps some deleted Leia scenes could be digitally manipulated to make for a sequence where, for example, she communicates with the Resistance before her ship is shot down by the First Order.
But if Lucasfilm is making use of multiple scenes from two separate movies, that makes it sound like her role in the film is a lot more involved and is likely not just a one-off cameo or a quick goodbye. Leia could actually have a proper part in the film, and based on what Fisher said, it sounds like we might be amazed by what the studio is able to accomplish.
Lucasfilm may need to lean more heavily into the Force Awakens footage than the Last Jedi footage, though. After all, Rian Johnson said in an interview last year that there weren’t too many scenes featuring Carrie Fisher deleted from that film and that he wasn’t sure whether any of it would be helpful to J.J. Abrams.
“I had a conversation with J.J. [Abrams], [and said] you can take a look at anything we didn’t use,” Johnson said. “But I don’t think there’s anything there. The truth is, there isn’t a ton of her that we shot that we didn’t use in this movie.”
Interestingly, Johnson said that there were a few scenes featuring Leia that were cut from The Last Jedi, yet on the blu-ray release, there’s no extra Leia footage in the deleted scenes at all. This could suggest that by the time the home video release of The Last Jedi came along in March, Lucasfilm already knew that it would be utilizing this Leia footage in the future, and the scenes being repurposed for Episode IX were consciously left off the blu-ray.
For The Force Awakens, only one extra Leia scene was included on the blu-ray; originally, Leia sent Korr Sella to Hosnian Prime. This ended up being cut so that Leia’s first appearance in the movie could have a little bit more weight; her entrance was changed to being the moment she reunites with Han. However, there have long been rumors that there were additional Leia scenes shot that were not put on the blu-ray, including one where she goes to Hosnian Prime herself.
We’ll likely learn more about Fisher’s role in the film during the coming months. Episode IX is currently in production and will hit theaters in December 2019.