With the death of Star Wars icon, Carrie Fisher, Lucasfilm is left with a massive decision on how to proceed with the fate of Leia in the next Star Wars films…
Disney/Lucasfilm is now left to decide how to proceed with the character of Leia, after the tragic death of Star Wars iconic actress, Carrie Fisher. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the company will weigh its options for the future of Princess/General Leia, as director Rian Johnson (Episode VIII) and director Colin Trevorrow (Episode IX) will meet to plan how the character will fit into the rest of Star Wars franchise, going forward.
"“Insiders tell The Hollywood Reporter that at least two key scenes are planned for Episode VIII (Dec. 15) and Episode IX (2019): a Leia reunion with Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and a confrontation with Kylo Ren (Adam Driver).”"
This sounds very interesting, as Star Wars fans will want to see both scenes. However, Disney is mum on the details.
According to THR, details of where these scenes fit into the next two films is unclear at this time. However, we’ve heard for some time now, that Leia was to have a larger role in Star Wars: Episode VIII. So, with Rian Johnson already having finished filming the sequel to The Force Awakens, the real burden may fall to Trevorrow on how to proceed.
There are a few options for Lucasfilm to turn to, in regards to Leia. As Rogue One proved, CGI and motion capture can be skillfully used to recreate characters (both Leia and Tarkin), or Leia could be written out of the film, which is completely unheard of in the Star Wars Cinematic Universe and would not sit well with Star Wars fans. The Fast and Furious franchise dealt well with the death of Paul Walker, and Lucasfilm could go that route as well.
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