Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy revealed that “Star Wars IX” would have been Carrie Fishers’s movie in an interview with Vanity Fair.
“The minute she finished [‘The Last Jedi’], she grabbed me and said, ‘I’d better be at the forefront of IX!’ Because Harrison was front and center on VII, and Mark is front and center on VIII,” Kennedy told Vanity Fair. “She thought IX would be her movie. And it would have been.”
In January, Lucasfilm issued a statement concerning the future of General Leia Organa in upcoming “Star Wars” installments, saying no CGI would be involved.
“We don’t normally respond to fan or press speculation, but there is a rumor circulating that we would like to address. We want to assure our fans that Lucasfilm has no plans to digitally recreate Carrie Fisher‘s performance as Princess or General Leia Organa,” read a statement on Star Wars’ website. “Carrie Fisher was, is, and always will be a part of the Lucasfilm family. She was our princess, our general, and more importantly, our friend. We are still hurting from her loss. We cherish her memory and legacy as Princess Leia, and will always strive to honor everything she gave to ‘Star Wars.'”
Fisher died on December 27 at the age of 60 after suffering a massive heart attack. Her mother, Debbie Reynolds, best known for starring in movie musical “Singin’ in the Rain,” died of a fatal stroke on December 28, just one day after Fisher. She was 84.
Fisher features in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” which opens December 15.