Colin Trevorrow, director of Star Wars Episode IX has been talking about the movie and in particular about the loss of Carrie Fisher and how that may effect the final movie in the sequel trilogy...
At Star Wars Celebration Orlando Kathleen Kennedy made a statement about how Carrie Fisher's passing meant Star Wars Episode IX would not feature Carrie, her likeness or General Leia Organa. This meant that Star Wars Episode IX had to hit the restart button, and reimagine the story to deal with Leia's absence.
Now Colin Trevorrow has made some comments about the movie and the loss of Carrie Fisher.
Colin went on to praise the group as the best minds in the business and reassured us that they would craft and emotionally resonant ending for the saga. But what about the loss of Carrie Fisher and the subsequent lack of Leia in the movie?
I get the feeling that Colin is pointing out that there are options available to address the lack of Carrie when it comes to Leia. These are likely a CGI recreation of the actress or a recast of the character. Each of these options are likely to divide fans, and I wonder if Lucasfilm feel the world isn't quite ready to roll out CGI recreations of beloved actors so soon after their passing, with or without the blessing of their families. So it would appear that a decision was made to move forward without Leia, and so solve the problem of not having Carrie. What that means for the resolution of Leia's story is a huge question that we are a couple of years from having answered. I do, however, draw some comfort from Colin's final comment of the fate of Episode IX.
Well said Colin.
I hope Lucasfilm gets this right. It must be the most difficult challenge the company has ever faced when it comes to making Star Wars. To know that there are options there to address the issue, but not being able to use them for moral, ethical or emotional reasons. Reason I am not unsympathetic with. It makes Episode IX a prickly subject to be sure. Can it deliver what we need as fans with such a signifiant deficit? I hope the balance of what's right for the movie and what's respectful to Carrie and her family, is one the creators can master. If not, Star Wars may go out with a whimper rather than a bang.
Thank you for reading,