'Star Wars: Episode IX' 'started over' after Carrie Fisher's death, says Kathleen Kennedy

In late 2016, the “Star Wars” universe (and the world) lost one of the greats with Carrie Fisher’s shocking passing.

Shortly after her death, it was confirmed that Fisher had filmed all of her scenes for “The Last Jedi,” the follow-up to “The Force Awakens” due out in 2017, and there wouldn’t be any chamges made to the story.

Concerns, however, did arise for fans and the filmmakers alike when it came to her role in “Episode XI,” the last film in the new Disney-era “Star Wars” trilogy.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has confirmed that Leia will not appear in “Episode IX” at all.

“Obviously, with Carrie having passed away, it shook everybody,” Kennedy said. “We pretty much started over.”

Kennedy also said that while Fisher will not be in “Episode IX,” we’ll see “a lot of Carrie in VIII,” aka “The Last Jedi.”

It will be heartbreaking to see the last of Fisher’s work as Leia (and ever) in “The Last Jedi,” but we’re certainly looking forward to seeing a lot of her in the film, which hits theatres December 15.

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