The entertainment world lost another legendary icon this week, as beloved actress and writer Carrie Fisher sadly passed away on December 27th at the age of 60. While Fisher had a long, career in film, both as an actress and as one of Hollywood’s most sought after script doctors — some of her credits include Hook (1991), Lethal Weapon 3 (1992), and The Wedding Singer (1998) — she will always be best remembered for playing Princess Leia Organa in the Star Wars saga.
Fisher got the chance to reprise the role that made her a cultural icon in 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens and had finished filming all of her scenes for Episode VIII earlier this year, meaning that fans will get the chance to see Leia one last time on the big screen when the film makes its way to theaters next December. However, Fisher’s sudden death has understandably raised questions about the future of the franchise, particularly when it comes to the fate of her character.
Although we still don’t know much about the plot of Episode VIII (and especially IX)at this early stage, it was expected that both Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher would return for Episode IX, with the film director’s Colin Trevorrow even stating in an interview earlier this year that he wanted Leia to have a bigger role in his film. Whether or not that was still the plan after filming for Episode VIII wrapped is unknown, but what is known is that Fisher’s death will surely have a major impact on the next two Star Wars saga films. While I have no idea what Disney will do going forward, here are a few ways they may go about continuing Star Wars without Fisher.
Leia Will Be Recast
Although I included this option on the list, there is absolutely no way Disney is going to recast the role of Princess Leia. The studio wouldn’t even recast the role of Grand Moff Tarkin in Rogue One — and all respect to the late, great Peter Cushing, but Princess Leia is a far more important and popular character — so if Disney wasn’t willing to give another actor the role of Tarkin, they’re certainly not going to replace Carrie Fisher. Still, recasting the role is technically still a viable option, so it’s one worth mentioning even if it’s never going to happen.