Sadly, the story for "Episode IX" had to be changed "quite dramatically" following Carrie Fisher's death
When beloved icon Carrie Fisher passed away in December, we were gutted. In addition to missing her humor, writing, and Twitter antics, we couldn’t help but wonder how Fisher’s passing would impact the upcoming Star Wars films. Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy just revealed that Fisher’s death has largely altered the plans for Episode IX, the last in this planned Star Wars saga.
Kennedy opened up to Vanity Fair’s David Kamp about the late actress and how her iconic character General Leia Organa was set to be the primary focus of the still-untitled episode. She revealed that at the time of Fisher’s passing, Episode IX writer/director Colin Trevorrow had even completed the first draft of the script.
Kennedy also revealed to Kamp that Fisher had asked her if Episode IX would be all about Leia, as The Force Awakens saw Harrison Ford’s Han Solo at the center and the upcoming The Last Jedi is centered around the return of Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker.
We absolutely gutted that Fisher won’t get to be at the center of Episode IX, which is now being remapped. At the time of her death, Fisher had completed work on The Last Jedi so we’re so glad to be able to see General Leia kick ass one more time.