Kathleen Kennedy: ‘Episode IX’ ‘started over’ after Carrie Fisher death

But Kennedy recently told Good Morning America   he may be mistaken. RELATED: Watch the trailer for   Star Wars: The Last Jedi
There’s no telling where director Colin Trevorrow and co-writer Derek Connolly (who previously worked together on Jurassic World and Safety Not Guaranteed) will take the story next — partly because we still don’t know where The Last Jedi will depart   Leia’s story. Show Full Article “We pretty much started over,” Kennedy adds. It’s heartbreaking to think that the   Star Wars universe has   seen the last of Leia Organa, who was brave,   uncompromising, and inspiring to all who knew her. The actress   won’t be recreated digitally, but unfortunately, that also means   Leia Organa won’t be a part of the story. “Obviously, with Carrie having passed away, it shook everybody,” Kennedy says. As they tried to figure out what this meant for   Leia’s continuing story, the only option was to leave their original ideas   behind. As the world   still grapples with   the fact   that Carrie Fisher is gone, the galaxy far, far away is coming to terms with the   loss of its own princess general. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy tells EW the   story team and filmmakers have   come up with a plan for how to handle Fisher’s   absence in 2019’s planned Star Wars: Episode IX. Our world lost the same. 15 was complete… “and   she’s fantastic.”
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Fisher’s brother, Todd, recently told reporters that he and Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd, who has a small role in the new Star Wars films as a Resistance officer, granted permission for old footage of her to be used in Episode IX. The Last Jedi panel at Star Wars Celebration in Orlando featured some images of Leia   as a more regal, but also grayer and more world-worn Resistance leader   than the “fancy gas-station attendant” (as Fisher described herself) in The Force Awakens. Leia will live on in animation with the Forces of Destiny series that was just announced, and her stories — including, perhaps, her end — could still be told in the boundless comics, novels, and cartoons being generated from the Star Wars franchise. (Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger recently said it would not be altered to deal with her passing, ending as it was originally planned.)
Kennedy assures that Fisher’s work on the movie coming Dec.