Carrie Fisher’s brother, Todd Fisher has confirmed that the late actress will appear in the forthcoming Episode 9 of the Star Wars trilogy after months of talks in whether Disney will honour her memory one last time.
The decision to give Disney the studio rights to use the recent footage that was shot for the finale was made by both her brother Todd and daughter Billie Lourd as long as CGI wasn’t used to conjure up her image.
Todd broke the news while attending the opening night gala of the TCM Film Festival in Los Angeles “Both of us were like, ‘Yes, how do you take her out of it?’ And the answer is you don’t,” said Fisher, 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. I feel like that’s what’s happened with Carrie. I think the legacy should continue.”
Todd also went on to show his complete and utter faith and trust in the makers behind Episode 9 with a glowing reference by saying they do great things. He knows, like many hundreds of thousands of fans that messing with a story like Star Wars and the Memory of his dear sister would not be received well.
“You don’t mess with this legacy,” he said. “It would be like rewriting the Bible. To me, ‘Star Wars’ is the holy grail of storytelling and lore and you can’t mess with it.”
The iconic Carrie Fisher, who sadly lost her life six days after suffering a cardiac arrest on a plane journey home from London promoting her book The Princess Diarist, is the very heart of Star Wars, be it in the success of the original trilogy or with her many fans across the globe when Fisher’s Princess Leia became the wet dream of many young boys in the late 70’s to the early 80’s, either way, it is a fitting tribute to a princess on and off the screen.