In the wake of the great Carrie Fisher’s untimely passing – with her mother Debbie Reynolds also leaving us just a single day later – news has broken that the legendary Star Wars actress had completed her work on the forthcoming Saga entry, Star Wars: Episode VIII.
The sequel to J.J. Abrams’ The Force Awakens, director Rian Johnson (Looper) had wrapped filming in July and is currently in the midst of post-production. Variety has reported that Fisher had shot all her sequences, and that General Leia Organa will play a much larger and more pivotal role here than she did in the 2015 epic.
This only makes the news of Fisher’s shocking death all the more bitter, as it is clear that Leia’s influence in the forthcoming entires was vital, and now a sizeable hole must be filled or amended as we reach Colin Trevorrow’s (Jurassic World) Star Wars: Episode IX, which will almost certainly hit production delays.
The currently untitled Star Wars: Episode VIII also stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Mark Hamill, Benicio del Toro, Laura Dern, Domhnall Gleeson, Andy Serkis, and Lupita Nyong’o. It is scheduled for a UK release on December 15th, 2017.