Carrie Fisher’s tragic death on the 27th December 2016 left both the entertainment industry and her millions of fans shocked and devastated. The actress, best known for playing Princess Leia Organa in the Star Wars saga, was beloved for her film roles and applauded for her candid discussions of addiction and mental health.
Fisher had recently reprised her most famous role for 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and had wrapped filming scenes for the upcoming sequel Episode VIII. However, after the confirmation that she was also set to appear in 2019’s Episode IX, questions have been raised about how the series will handle her passing.
Yesterday, sources close to the project revealed that meetings between producer Kathleen Kennedy, Episode IX director Colin Trevorrow and writers from the Star Wars brain trust are scheduled to take place sometime next week. Options for how best to end the character’s story are to be discussed although, as one insider told The Hollywood Reporter, the team at Disney have far from moved on from the tragic circumstances:
People are still deeply mourning Carrie’s death over there.
Fan opinions have been split on the matter with some calling to write the character out of the story, while others advocate digital reconstruction technology (as seen in December’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story).
Carrie Fisher died at the age of 60, after suffering a heart attack.