Carrie Fisher’s Death: What’s Going to Happen with the Next Star Wars Movie?

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In the last few days of 2016, tragedy has struck again on the Hollywood scene with the passing of beloved Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher. The 60-year-old star, known for playing warrior princess Leia in the original trilogy, passed away after suffering a major heart attack last Friday aboard a flight to Los Angeles. After being hospitalized, those close to her stated she was making a stable recovery, so her death on Tuesday was unexpected to many.

There’s also one particular question many fans and moviegoers have been asking following her death: what’s going to happen with the upcoming film expected for release next year, Star Wars Episode VIII? Fisher was scheduled to reappear as her beloved character after starring in last year’s film Star Wars: The Force Awakens and making a cameo in this year’s film Star Wars: Rogue One.

Thankfully, Fisher already filmed her scenes for next year’s sequel in the Star Wars anthology, scheduled for a December 15, 2017 release date. The film will be directed by Colin Trevorrow, who is taking over after JJ Abrams revived the series with The Force Awakens. However, it remains to be seen what producers and film executives will do about the already planned Episode IX in 2019 considering Fisher’s untimely passing.

Below is a film compilation of Fisher’s scenes as the iconic character of Princess Leia and tweeted reactions from her costars about her death:

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