Following the sudden and tragic passing of actor, writer, activist and icon Carrie Fisher in December, the fate of Fisher’s on-screen Star Wars character Princess Leia/General Organa was left up in the air.
Following Fisher’s death, there was an assumption by many fans that General Organa — who reportedly plays a large role in the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi — would continue to appear in future Star Wars films thanks to the same technology used to recreate Peter Cushing‘s Grand Moff Tarkin on screen. But in January, Lucasfilms announced on their website that there was no plan to use this technology for Fisher, who completed filming The Last Jedi prior to her death.
Now though, it appears that fans won’t have to say good-bye to General Organa this December when Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens in theatres.
In an interview with New York Daily News, Carrie’s brother Todd Fisher revealed that he and Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd, have given their blessing to Lucasfilm to use footage of Carrie in Star Wars Episode IX, which is set to be released in 2019.
“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 he becomes more powerful,” says Todd. “I feel like that’s what’s happened with Carrie. I think the legacy should continue.”
Rather than use CGI for the scenes, Fisher and Lourd have said they will allow Lucasfilm to use recent footage of Carrie shot prior to her death as a way to include General Organa in the future Star Wars film.
“Both of us were like, ‘Yes, how do you take her out of it?’ And the answer is you don’t,” said Todd.
Carrie Fisher passed away on December 27, 2016, with her mother, screen icon Debbie Reynolds dying only one day later.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is set to open in theatres on December 15.