By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS)
I can’t believe that it’s already been more than a year since Carrie Fisher passed away. At the time of her passing, Lucasfilm announced that she wouldn’t be brought back as a CG character for Star Wars: Episode IX in the same way that a younger version of herself and the late Peter Cushing were recreated for Rogue One.
According to Variety, Fisher will not be brought back using CG, rather director J.J. Abrams will use previously unseen and cut footage of the actress from The Force Awakens. Here’s a statement from the director regarding their plans for the late Carrie Fisher.
Finding a truly satisfying conclusion to the Skywalker saga without her eluded us. We were never going to recast, or use a CG character. With the support and blessing from her daughter, Billie, we have found a way to honor Carrie’s legacy and role as Leia in Episode IX by using unseen footage we shot together in Episode VII.
Even with Abrams using unseen footage, the one thing that is clear is that Fisher will have a limited role in the upcoming movie. It’s really unfortunate as both Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill had large roles in The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi while Fisher will once again only have limited screen time. It was heavily hinted that when Colin Trevorrow was still attached to helm Episode IX that she would have had a significant role.
In other Star Wars casting news, what we’ve already known Billy Dee Williams will finally reprise his role as Lando Calrissian in Episode IX and it was all but certain that Anthony Daniels would once again don the golden suit to portray C-3P0. But there’s another actor from the original trilogy who is returning. Despite his apparent death in The Last Jedi, Mark Hamill is confirmed to be back as Jedi Master Luke Skywalker.
There was some speculation that the character may not appear because he had shaved his beard but I guess they’ll just glue a fake beard to his face. It’s pretty much expected that he’ll appear as a force ghost in the same way that Obi-Wan and Yoda appeared to him in the original trilogy and in The Last Jedi.
Some final bits of news has Naomi Ackie and Richard E. Grant joining the cast while Variety is reporting that frequent Abrams collaborator Keri Russell has just closed her deal to appear in the movie. We had previously reported that the actress was in talks to join the film so it doesn’t come as much of a surprise.
There’s been some speculation that Russell may be portraying Mara Jade who was a love interest to Luke Skywalker in the now non-canonical Legends stories where she was mother to their child. When Star Wars: The Force Awakens premiered, it was guessed that Daisy Ridley’s Rey was their child in the new canon until The Last Jedi revealed her true parentage. It’s possible Abrams will retcon Rian Johnson’s explanation—but this is all wild speculation.
It’ll be interesting to see how all of this plays out and what each character will bring to the film. What exactly everyone’s part will be in the upcoming final movie of the sequel trilogy is exciting to guess but we won’t know for sure how it all plays out in the end.