Carrie Fisher's brother says the late actress will appear in Star Wars: Episode IX — scheduled to premiere in 2019 — and that the appearance will not be a computer-generated image of her.
Todd Fisher told the Daily News of New York that the family has given Disney rights to use recent footage of Carrie Fisher for the final movie in this trilogy. Fisher died Dec. 27, four days after a heart attack on a flight to Los Angeles from London.
She portrayed Leia Organa in four episodes of Star Wars dating back to the 1977 original, most recently as the general of the Resistance of 2015's Episode VII: The Force Awakens.
A computer-animated version of her younger Princess Leia persona, acted live by Ingvild Deila, appeared at the conclusion of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which premiered two weeks before Fisher died. That appearance and Fisher's coincidental death prompted Lucasfilm to issue a statement that computer generated images of Fisher would not be used to complete her roles in any future movies.
Filming on Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi wrapped in July 2016. That movie premieres Dec. 15. Two weeks ago, Disney CEO Bob Iger assured filmgoers that Fisher "appears throughout" Episode VIII as originally intended, needing no editing after-the-fact in light of her passing.
Still, Todd Fisher's remarks still lend some credibility to the original report by the BBC that Fisher's family was negotiating with Lucasfilm over her posthumous appearance in the trilogy. That news prompted Lucasfilm’s statement back in January.
"You don't mess with this legacy," Todd Fisher told the News. "It would be like rewriting the Bible. To me, Star Wars is the holy grail of storytelling and lore and you can't mess with it."
Next week is Star Wars Celebration and, among the panel discussions, Mark Hamill is expected to deliver a tribute to his co-star and on-screen sibling.