Carrie Fisher Would Have Been the Star of Episode IX

first_img Mattel Unveils Fashionable ‘Star Wars’ x Barbie Dolls‘Star Wars: Resistance’ Finale Sets Up ‘The Rise of Sk… Stay on target It’s no secret that Carrie Fisher’s sudden passing forced Disney and Lucasfilm to rethink Star Wars: Episode IX, but now we know to what extent. According to Vanity Fair‘s cover story about the making of The Last Jedi, Fisher requested the next movie be all about Leia. It would make sense. Han was a major focus of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and while Fisher’s role is reportedly expanded in The Last Jedi, Luke is the big star. It would only be right for Episode IX to be Leia’s movie.Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy told the magazine that the late actress “had a blast” filming The Last Jedi. “The minute she finished, she grabbed me and said, ‘I’d better be at the forefront of IX!’ Because Harrison was front and center on VII, and Mark is front and center on VIII. She thought IX would be her movie. And it would have been,” Kennedy said.Of course, Lucasfilm was going to honor her request. Not only was Fisher a great actress and wonderful human being, but she was also an incredibly talented script doctor who saved a ton of movies over the course of her career. Including multiple Star Wars films. If Carrie Fisher says more Leia equals better movie, you listen. Not that anyone should need reminding that Princess Leia is the best part of every Star Wars movie she’s in.Sadly, Leia will not appear in Episode IX. Lucasfilm has said they will not use archive footage of Fisher, nor will they use a CGI Leia, like they did in Rogue One. As sad as it is that Leia will have to be written out of the movie entirely, those alternatives would be awkward, distracting and a disservice to Fisher’s memory. The Last Jedi will be her final film in the Star Wars universe. We’ll have to take comfort in the fact that she had a lot of fun doing it.Kennedy isn’t the only one with a fun Fisher story from the set of The Last Jedi. Oscar Isaac appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night and shared a few Star Wars stories of his own. After Isaac and Colbert reminisced about his first experience with Star Wars, he started talking about getting to make them. The best moment was when he described having to film one particular scene with Fisher “over and over.”The Star Wars part of the conversation is brief, but don’t you just love the image of Carrie Fisher slapping Oscar Isaac 27 times in a row. And in a different spot on his face each time, so he can’t even prepare for it? Forget the movie, they should just put all 27 takes of that in theaters. I’d watch it. (There’s also a clip of a truly amazing monster movie Isaac made as a kid. It’s definitely worth a watch.)Mark Hamill in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Via StarWars.com)Finally, though it appears Fisher had a ton of fun on the set of The Last Jedi, Mark Hamill reportedly had a few concerns. Another tidbit from Vanity Fair’s cover story reveals that Hamill had some conflicting ideas about the direction Luke Skywalker’s character should take in this trilogy. Like most Star Wars fans, Hamill is full of opinions on what would make the movies better. He’s just in a unique position to let the people in charge know about it.At one point during filming, Hamill said to director Rian Johnson, “I pretty much fundamentally disagree with every choice you’ve made for this character. Now, having said that, I have gotten it off my chest, and my job now is to take what you’ve created and do my best to realize your vision.” Hamill also says he made sure to share his “thousands of terrible ideas” with both Johnson and The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams, hoping he’d blurt out one the liked.At this point, we’ve only seen one trailer for the movie, so it’s hard to say exactly what Hamill disagrees with so much. Perhaps it has something to do with that “The Jedi must end” line. Maybe Hamill wanted something different for Luke than the disillusioned, broken Jedi master he appears to be. It’s impossible to know exactly what’s in Hamill’s head, but he has said that despite his disagreements, he is happy with how both The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi turned out.We’ll see what Hamill so fundamentally disagreed with when Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens in December.last_img

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