Lucasfilm giveth, and Lucasfilm taketh away. On the same day that we got the trailer for Star Wars The Last Jedi, we also get hit with the terrible, in my opinion, news that Leia will not appear in Star Wars Episode IX....
Lucasfilm Ltd president Kathleen Kennedy appeared on Good Morning America to deliver the news after clarifying comments made by Carrie's brother Todd Fisher. Watch the clip below.
This news was a huge blow to me. I can't believe that Lucasfilm would make such a huge, definitive statement like this. A statement that really makes audiences consider Leia's fate in The Last Jedi. You do not simply write out a character like General Leia, the sister of Luke Skywalker, daughter of Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader, leader of the Resistance, mother to the principal antagonist, Ben Solo/Kylo Ren. Unless the character is killed off in The Last Jedi.
This is what concerns me. I will now be watching The Last Jedi expecting to see Leia perish, and if she does I will be deeply saddened that we lost two pivotal, legacy characters in as many movies. saddened that Carrie's involvement with Star Wars ends here, even though the ability to move forward with Leia, as difficult as it might seem to us now, exists. And if Leia doesn't die in The Last Jedi the question will be how do you simply sideline a character of her stature in the final chapter of a Skywalker Saga trilogy?
I truly believe that Kathleen Kennedy and Lucasfilm erred in making this statement at this time. That it would have been better to move forward with the project and allow The Last Jedi to deliver the final moments of Leia's character within the narrative flow of that film, and allow us to discuss the future of Leia after The Last Jedi's release.
From a Star Wars Celebration that has delivered some wonderful moments, honouring George Lucas, paying tribute to Carrie Fisher in such a moving way and presenting The Last Jedi for us all in such an exciting fashion, I think spilling news like this on morning TV is simply not good enough for a franchise this significant.
I hate to be negative about something I love so much, but I find this news to be really upsetting.
I would love to hear your thoughts on the news, feel free to drop them into the comments below.
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