The fandom from a galaxy far, far away will be making their way to the movie theater once again next Christmas when the final film of the newest trilogy arrives. The title, for now, is simply Star Wars Episode IX, because the film is very much under wraps.
After The Last Jedi released last Christmas, speculation has been at an all-time high concerning the fates of characters old and new, especially since Luke Skywalker’s story finally came to an end after almost 50 years. Much like the current state of the MCU, Lucasfilm is sparing no one at this stage in the game!
The finale is set to begin shooting next month in London under the direction of J.J. Abrams, once again. As we approach this, it seems that the studio is content with giving fans a huge hint about the upcoming film, and that is the full cast list!
Although many of the characters returning for the next film are obvious, like Daisy Ridley as Rey, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, and John Boyega as Finn, some cast members revealed in the announcement were quite a surprise. Number one on this list is the wonderful and irreplaceable Carrie Fisher.
As many fans know, Carrie Fisher, who had played the iconic role of Leia Organa in the saga, passed away in December of 2016 after the completion of filming for The Last Jedi. Her passing has left holes in the hearts of her millions of devoted fans, and it made the last film that much more poignant, knowing it was her final contribution to cinema.
Although it was the final film she acted in, her character’s story was far from over when the credits rolled. This has made fans debate whether or not Princess Leia (and somehow Carrie Fisher) would return for the final film or if the canon within the Star Wars universe would address her passing through her iconic character.
Needless to say, the cast announcement including Carrie Fisher as Leia Organa came as a pleasant and very big surprise to fans this week. So how is this going to work? Luckily, J.J. Abrams is steps ahead of us mere mortals and has a plan that will hopefully satisfy mourning fans while providing a proper ending to such a pivotal character in this illustrious universe.