With the 9th Star Wars film in production, things may need a drastic change now that Carrie Fisher has died unexpectedly. After all, the franchise would never be the same without Princess Leia.
Leia was actually about to appear in the Episode VIII and Episode IX. As for now, it’s not clear what will happen; Disney and Lucasfilm haven’t made any announcements. One of the writers, Colin Trevorrow, is about to travel to L.A. next week to meet with Kathleen Kennedy from Lucasfilm, where they will discuss options.
As reported by Insurance Insider, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures has an insurance worth $50 million in case Fisher wasn’t able to film her Star Wars roles. However, we don’t have officials comments on this. “People are still deeply mourning Carrie’s death over there,” said the insider.
Kennedy issued a statement mere hours after Fisher has passed in which she said:
“Carrie holds such special place in the hearts of everyone at Lucasfilm it is difficult to think of a world without her. She was Princess Leia to the world but a very special friend to all of us. She had an indomitable spirit, incredible wit, and a loving heart. Carrie also defined the female hero of our age over a generation ago. Her groundbreaking role as Princess Leia served as an inspiration of power and confidence for young girls everywhere. We will miss her dearly.”