The woman who brought Leia Organa to life had one more chance to do so before her death.
Iconic actress Carrie Fisher, who drowned in moonlight, strangled by her own bra, had completed her work on Star Wars: Episode VIII before her untimely passing, as confirmed by Deadline. The Rian Johnson-helmed film wrapped back in July. Citing a source close to the production, Deadline reports that Fisher’s role as General Leia Organa had grown significantly in Episode VIII.
Fisher had also been expected to return for Colin Trevorrow’s Episode IX, though shooting on that film won’t begin for another year or so. Seeing as how (spoilers inbound) a CGI version of Princess Leia appeared briefly in Rogue One, it’s possible we can expect a digital recreation of Fisher in Episode VIII, though Lucasfilm has not commented on the future of her character.
Star Wars: Episode VIII is expected in theaters on Dec. 15, 2017. Find Paste’s obituary for Fisher here, and Lucasfilm’s own remembrance here.