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Thursday, 5 January 2017

Lucasfilm To Meet Next Week To Plot Leia's Future

Fans are still grieving following the December 27th passing of iconic Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher. And, with two more movies set to feature her character, Leia Organa, one can't help but wonder where the Star Wars  braintrust over at Lucasfilm is planning to go from here.

Sources have informed The Hollywood Reporter that at least two key scenes were planned for her character in both Star Wars: Episode VIII and Star Wars: Episode IX respectively. Aside from a reunion with exiled Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker, there was also a scene planned where Leia would confront Adam Driver's Kylo Ren.

Rian Johnson had completed work on Star Wars: Episode VIII prior to Fisher's death, but Colin Trevorrow's Star Wars: Episode IX still doesn't have a start date and Disney won't comment on the status of the film's script.

Trevorrow, who helmed the 2015 blockbuster Jurassic World, will be arriving in Los Angeles next week for meetings with Lucasfilm's Kathleen Kennedy to discuss options regarding where to take the character of General Leia Organa next.

Her character could be written out and her scenes reshot, which is something not unheard of in the Star Wars Universe. Both Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Rian Johnson's Star Wars: Episode VIII were forced to change things up prior to completion, so this could also be the case on Trevorrow's movie, which doesn't hit theaters until 2019.

Another solution is to use CGI effects. "Rogue One is the road map," says one Star Wars source, referring to Lucasfilm resurrecting Peter Cushing and making Princess Leia young again in the current box office smash.

"I have no doubt, given some of the recent work I've seen, there are filmmakers who will be willing to take up the challenge," says Michael Fink, an Oscar-winning VFX supervisor. But, "so far, we have seen moments of success but not full performances." He says there's also ethics to weigh: "Should we create additional roles for Princess Leia? I don't think so."

There is no doubt that Colin Trevorrow and the team over at Lucasfilm have some very tough decisions ahead of them before production kicks off on Star Wars: Episode IX. However, whatever the final choice, we've no doubt that they'll do their best to honour the memory of our dearly departed princess and the iconic role she played in shaping that galaxy so far, far away...

Source: THR Heat Vision

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