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Earlier this month, Carrie Fisherâ€™s brother, Todd Fisher, indicated that he and Fisherâ€™s daughter, Billie Lourd, had given Lucasfilm the go-ahead to use recent footage of Carrie Fisher in Star Wars: Episode IX. However, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has since stated that Fisher will not appear in Episode IX.
â€œHe was probably confused,â€ said Kennedy, speaking with Good Morning America. â€œBecause we finished everything in VIII, and Carrie is absolutely phenomenal in the movie, and weâ€™re so happy that we were able to complete shooting in the summer.â€
Kennedy continued, â€œSadly, Carrie will not be in IXâ€¦But we will see a lot of her in VIII, which is great.â€
Not only will Fisher play a significant role in The Last Jedi, but weâ€™ll get to hear her â€œincredible mindâ€ at work in the script. Speaking on a Last Jedi panel at the Star Wars Celebration, director Rian Johnson revealed that Fisher also served as a script doctor for The Last Jedi. (TMS has previously chronicled Fisherâ€™s storied career as a script doctor.)
â€œI connected with her first and foremost as a writer,â€ Johnson said, â€œSheâ€™s a brilliant writer, with an incredible mind. Iâ€™d go to her house and weâ€™d sit on her bed for hours, going through the scriptâ€¦And then at the end of six hours, there would be this four-word line of dialogue that would be the distillation of all that, that was brilliant.â€