With the news that the Star Wars Episode IX cast has been announced, there is one glaring surprise.
JJ Abrams states in the announcement on StarWars.com, “We desperately loved Carrie Fisher. Finding a truly satisfying conclusion to the Skywalker saga without her eluded us.” He went on to add, “We were never going to recast, or use a CG character. With the support and blessing from her daughter, Billie [Lourd], we have found a way to honor Carrie’s legacy and role as Leia in Episode IX by using unseen footage we shot together in Episode VII.”
This idea had previously been brought up and then shot down, but that was before Colin Trevorrow left the project. The script has changed for sure, so the fact this aspect has morphed makes sense. Honestly, so long as Fisher’s daughter, Lourd, signs off on this, I’m fine with it. She has very much been taken in by the Lucasfilm family, and she has shown she cares deeply for the role her mother played in the saga.
The question, of course, is, what sort of footage do they have. The backgrounds can probably be wiped, so that’s fine, but one can’t imagine they have much to work with.
Only time will tell, but I’m oddly okay with this plan.