Disney Confirms There Will Be No Changes To ‘Star Wars VIII’ Following Carrie Fisher’s Death

Katie Jerkovich | Contributor

Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed that there will be no changes to “Star Wars VIII” following Carrie Fisher’s death.

During a press event  Thursday in Santa Monica, California, Iger reaffirmed the company’s pledge to not alter the upcoming film “The Last Jedi” in light of the passing in December of the franchise star who played Princess Leia, according to the Hollywood Reporter. (RELATED: BREAKING: Carrie Fisher Has Major Heart Attack On Plane)

FILE PHOTO - Carrie Fisher poses for cameras as she arrives at the European Premiere of Star Wars, The Force Awakens in Leicester Square, London, December 16, 2015. REUTERS/Paul Hackett/File Photo

FILE PHOTO – Carrie Fisher poses for cameras as she arrives at the European Premiere of Star Wars, The Force Awakens in Leicester Square, London, December 16, 2015. REUTERS/Paul Hackett/File Photo

“When we bought Lucasfilm, we were going to make three films–“Episodes VII, VIII and IX,” Iger said. “We had to deal tragedy at the end of 2016. Carrie appears throughout VIII. We are not changing VIII to deal with her passing.” (RELATED: Debbie Reynolds And Carrie Fisher Buried Together In Hollywood Cemetery)

“Her performance remains as it is in VIII,” he added. “In ‘Rogue One’, we had some digital character. We are not doing that with Carrie.”

The CEO shared news about what fans can expect from the upcoming film centered around young Han Solo, saying it will focus on his early life when he meets Chewbacca and finds the Millenium Falcon.

He also said that Star Wars fans could look forward to another decade or more of movies in the franchise.

“We’re starting talk about what could happen after “Episode IXIger said. “About what could be another decade-and-a-half of Star Wars stories.”

“The Last Jedi” is expected out in theaters December 15, 2017.

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