Star Wars: Leia Reportedly Was to Have Had a Larger Role in Episode 9 Than Episode 8

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Ep. 9 director to meet with Lucasfilm boss next week.

The powers that be in the Star Wars franchise will reportedly meet soon to determine how to handle Leia Organa’s inclusion in future films in light of actress Carrie Fisher‘s death.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Leia was to have been a bigger part of Episode IX than VIII.” Star Wars: Episode VIII has finished filming, and Fisher reportedly wrapped shooting her scenes.

Some vague possible spoilers follow.

THR adds that “at least two key scenes” involving Leia were planned for Episodes VIII and IX: “a Leia reunion with Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and a confrontation with Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), her son who killed Harrison Ford’s Han Solo in 2015’s The Force Awakens.”

Director Colin Trevorrow and writer Derek Connolly are still working on the script for Star Wars: Episode IX. THR claims Trevorrow will meet with Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy in L.A. the week of Jan. 10 “to discuss options.”

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THR suggests these options could include using CGI to digitally recreate Leia for certain scenes, writing her out of the story or, in the case of Episode VIII, re-shooting her scenes if necessary. Episode IX likely won’t start filming until early 2018 for a December 2019 release so the filmmakers have time to implement whatever option they ultimately go with for that film.

A December 30th report from The Insurance Insider also claimed “Leia was again slated to have a major role in Episode IX,” and that Lloyd’s of London is expected to have to pay Disney $50 million in “contract protection cover,” an insurance clause set to trigger in the event that Fisher was unable to fulfill her obligations to the new Star Wars films.