Footage of Carrie Fisher may appear in Star Wars Episode IX

The death of Carrie Fisher has left "Star Wars" fans heartbroken and sparks uncertainty about how the remaining "Star Wars" movies will be without Carrie's iconic character General Leia. Sources previously told The Hollywood Reporter that Leia was originally to play bigger part in Episode IX than in The Last Jedi, which is directed by Rian Johnson.

Back in January, Lucasfilms took the rare step of responding to rumors by assuring fans there'd be no digitally recreating Princess or General Leia Organa in future films.

Well, according to Fisher's brother Todd, he and Carrie's daughter, Billie Lourd, have given the studio permission to incorporate unused footage of the actress from The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi in Episode IX, thus allowing them to still have Leia in the film without having to resort to CGI, or even worse, writing her out completely. Remarks Todd Fisher at the event. Her part could certainly be pared down or addressed in a different way to minimize screen time for Star Wars Episode IX.

"She's as much a part of it as anything and I think her presence now is even more powerful than it was, like Obi Wan, when the saber cuts him down [at the end of the first film] he becomes more powerful. I think the legacy should continue", said Todd. There had been no update from Disney or Lucasfilm regarding her status for the final film in the new trilogy until now, except that they wouldn't be using CGI. We cherish her memory and legacy as Princess Leia, and will always strive to honor everything she gave to Star Wars.

There's no word when this footage was shot or how it may have to be altered to fit the story. Princess Leia most likely has an integral role in the Last Jedi.

It was truly a devastating loss when Carrie Fisher passed away on December 27th, as she was a brilliant advocate, thoughtful writer, and overall force for good in the world.

Speaking to journalists at the TCM Classic Film Festival Todd said, "There are a lot of things that we have of Carrie's that we're going to put on display in the new museum with Debbie and Carrie".

  • Salvatore Jensen