Carrie Fisher will be in Star Wars: Episode VIII


The Star Wars universe lost a beloved family member on Tuesday morning when Carrie Fisher passed away. However, the iconic actress will be in Star Wars: Episode VIII…

On Tuesday, December 27, Star Wars iconic and much-beloved actress, Carrie Fisher, passed away. Fisher suffered a massive heart attack while on a flight from London to Los Angeles. Fisher was taken to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, where she was placed in the ICU. Sadly, she died just a few days later, and the world began to mourn.

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However, this is not the last we will see of Fisher, as she did, in fact, finish all her scenes in the sequel to Star Wars: The Force AwakensStar Wars: Episode VIII. Website Deadline has quoted a source close to the production revealing that Fisher is to have a larger role in Episode VIII, which is something we were made aware of roughly three months ago.

"For Episode VIII, Leia had a larger role, we’re told, and her daughter, Billie Lourd also is in that film as well as in Force Awakens. How Lucasfilm will deal with the loss of one of the most beloved female characters in any franchise is not known, however, and the company is remaining mum."

It is certainly a bit of good news, in the midst of such a sad time, to know that we will see Fisher, in the role of General Leia, once again, in December of 2017. The question remaining is: Will Leia make it through Star Wars: Episode VIII alive, and if she does, will Episode IX director Colin Trevorrow use the groundbreaking CGI that Gareth Edwards used for Peter Cushing’s Tarkin in Rogue One?

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For now, we wait and watch, and hope to see Leia in the first Star Wars: Episode VIII trailer that is sure to be shown early in the Spring of 2017. And while we’re waiting, let’s remember to celebrate the legacy of Carrie Fisher. A woman of great strength who was open about her battle with addiction and mental illness, and who loved all her fans dearly. It goes without saying, but I will anyway, we will miss our Carrie Fisher deeply.