How will New Star Wars Movies Work Around the Death of Carrie Fisher?

Legendary actress Carrie Fisher passed away today at the age of 60 after suffering a heart attack on December 23 on an airplane.

Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourd announced the passing in a brief statement this morning.

“It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning. She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly. Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers”

Fisher became a star in 1977 when she played Princess Leia in Star Wars. She reprised the role in the 80s in ‘Empire Strikes Back’ and ‘Return of the Jedi’ as well as 2015’s ‘The Force Awakens’. She had completed filming earlier this year on ‘Episode VIII’ which doesn’t yet have a title. Her character, Princess Leia was featured at the end of ‘Rogue One’ which was released earlier this month. Her character was brought back with CGI as a younger version of Leia before ‘A New Hope’.

It will be interesting to see how they handle her death in the next few films. She’s such an important character to the franchise as the daughter of Darth Vader, brother of Luke Skywalker and mother of Kylo Ren. They could write her character off or have her in a ship that blows up but with Kylo Ren being such an important character in the new trilogy you would think he would have to face his mother at some point. Kylo Ren killed Han Solo in the last film so that we’ve seen the last of Harrison Ford.

We will see her in ‘Episode VIII’ next year but it’s not known how much screen time or what role she would’ve had in ‘Episode IX’ that is coming out in 2019. If I had to bet on it I would say CGI like they did in Rogue One but for all we know she could be killed off in ‘Episode VIII’ next year. We’ll have to wait and see how Disney handles it.

RIP Princess Leia.