‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ Director on Continuing Without Carrie Fisher

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

As the box office success of Wonder Woman proved over the weekend, audiences are eager to see strong women in leading roles in big action pictures. That certainly includes the new series of Star Wars movies, which kicked off with Daisy Ridley starring in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and continued with Felicity Jones starring in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

That trend will continue when Ridley returns in Star Wars: The Last Jedi in December, alongside John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Lupita Nyong’o and new characters, including ones to be played by Benicio Del Toro and Laura Dern. Reportedly, the movie will be focused on Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill). Carrie Fisher will also reprise her role as Leia, now a general.

Producer and Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy confirmed that the intention was for Leia to be “front and center” in the upcoming Stars Wars: Episode IX, to be directed by Colin Trevorrow. But that was not to be, due to Fisher’s unexpected death last December. Lucasfilm then confirmed that they had “no plans to digitally re-create [her] performance as Princess or Leia Organa.”

Jurassic World

Trevorrow (Jurassic World, above) recently spoke to CinemaBlend about Fisher’s passing and how it affected the ninth installment. He says: “She was a major character, that’s not a secret. She really was. And it was extremely sad for all of us, mostly just because she was so loved by the Star Wars family and everyone that worked with her. I feel like our options are limited mostly by ourselves, in that there are only certain things that we are willing to do. But I can guarantee it will be handled with love and respect, and all of the soul that Carrie Fisher deserves.”

Before he made Jurassic World, Trevorrow made the character-oriented sci-fi movie Safety Not Guaranteed and most recently made the character-oriented drama The Book of Henry, which opens in theaters on June 16. So we look forward to how he handles the passing of Leia Organa from the Star Wars universe with love and respect in the ninth installment, due in theaters in 2019.