Disney CEO Bob Iger spoke with Ben Fritz from about the future of Star Wars, Han Solo and Carrie Fisher's role in The Last Jedi...
Bob Ider confirmed in his interview that Disney and Lucasfilm Ltd were beginning to discuss what comes after Episode IX. He said that when they acquired Lucasfilm in 2012 the plan was to make a new trilogy of films, but he believes we could see Star Wars movies for the next 15 years!
Mr. Iger also commented on the passing of Carrie Fisher at the end of 2016, and what that means for the character of Leia in The Last Jedi.
The comments appear to be confined to The Last Jedi, which leaves the use of Leia in Episode IX open to interpretation at this stage. My gut feeling is that they will adopt the same no CGI policy in IX, which makes me wonder what Leia's fate may be in The Last Jedi. Perhaps Leia was only going to appear in The Last Jedi, and anything beyond that film may have seen Leia in another form, possibly through the Force? We have heard that Leia would be in peril in The Last Jedi, maybe the character faces a similar fate to Han Solo in the new movie?
Mr. Iger went on to make the comments about the Han Solo movie, hinting that the character may have had a different name (although the quote is open to interpretation) and that the film would cover six years of Han's life. Think Rogue One's opening moments and I think you'll get the idea.
I'm pleased that the film makers are treating Carrie's passing with respect. Although it must be said that the actress was reported to be "absolutely wrapped" on The Last Jedi at the time of her death. so it's probably not that difficult to say her role will remain unchanged, if they have the material they need to tell her story. I'm guessing this is really an indication that there will be no changes made to The Last Jedi in order to make IX more manageable.
What do you make of Bob Iger's comments? Are we seeing any hints that there may be another Skywalker trilogy? What do his assurances about Carrie suggest to you about The Last Jedi and Episode IX? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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