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Star Wars boss: ‘Carrie Fisher would have led the cast of Episode IX’

Carrie Fisher would have been the star of the ninth Star Wars film had she lived.
Lucasfilm Ltd president Kathleen Kennedy has revealed writers were planning to make her General Leia Organa character a major part of the film before the actress suffered a massive heart attack on a plane flight home to Los Angeles from London in December (16) and died days after Christmas.
The movie mogul tells Vanity Fair the 60-year-old had finished filming the forthcoming eighth Star Wars blockbuster, The Last Jedi, and had high hopes for her character, the former Princess Leia.
“The minute she finished, she grabbed me and said, ‘I’d better be at the forefront of IX!’ because (co-star) Harrison (Ford) was front and centre on (episode) VII, and Mark (Hamill) is front and centre on VIII. She thought IX would be her movie. And it would have been.”
Fisher became a household name after playing Princess Leia in the original Star Wars franchise, which began in 1977.
She starred alongside Hamill and Ford, whose character Han Solo was killed off in 2015’s The Force Awakens.
Kennedy previously dismissed remarks made by Carrie’s brother Todd, suggesting the actress would appear posthumously in Episode IX.
“Sadly, Carrie will not be in (Star Wars) IX, but we will see a lot of Carrie in VIII,” she said, admitting the actress’ death “shook everybody”.
“We pretty much started over,” Kennedy explained.
She assures Vanity Fair Fisher’s role in the eighth film was not affected by her death, and insists Episode IX will not feature Carrie or her digital likeness.

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