She is in Episode VIII, filming is complete, and her scenes will not be changed.
General Leia Organa was played by Carrie Fisher, who was definitely going to be in The Last Jedi (Episode VIII):
“She’s in ‘VIII,’ and we’re not changing eight to deal with her
passing,” Disney Chief Executive Bob Iger said during an on-stage
conversation with his wife, ...
In both Canon and Legends, a pair of lightsabers functionally similar to Rey's potential new one were seen in the hands of the Besalisk Jedi Master Pong Krell during the Clone Wars. This picture shows them in their folded and extended configurations:
The lightsabers used by the Jedi Temple Guards in both Canon and Legends were aesthetically and functionally ...
In Disney canon, Star Wars Rebels, season 2 episode 18, "Shroud of Darkness", Kanan fights Jedi temple guards who have similar double-bladed folding lightsabers (the unfolding activation can be seen at 00:41s in the below video).
If you pause the trailer at 1:16, you can see that the impact point appears to be fairly low. In fact, it's plausible that Kylo has impaled the person (possibly a Resistance soldier) with the crossguard of his lightsaber and is simply pushing down against him using the lightsaber for support. Lightsaber hilts don't go through people's bodies very well.
Carrie Fisher Will Be In Episode IX
As of July 2018, Lucasfilm has announced that the late Carrie Fisher will be appearing in Star Wars: Episode IX in their cast list using unused footage from Episode VII: The Force Awakens:
Joining the cast of Episode IX are Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, and Keri Russell, who will be joined by veteran Star Wars actors ...
The (canon) storybook Princess Leia: Royal Rebel names it as the
"Medal of Bravery"
Interestingly, the old Star Wars Encylopedia names it as the
"Medal of Yavin"
And it's also been called the medal of valor (note the small m and v) and medal for bravery in various (now Legends) stories.
Principal photography on Episode VIII is already complete - it was announced on July 22nd, 2016. What role General Organa plays in the film is currently unknown.
We also do not know how the films will handle moving forward after the loss of Ms. Fisher. It's really far too early for any official statement or official reaction to the event.
According to Johnson, it was "never in the cards".
This, to him, seemed to be "always the plan", and he's just exited to work on the new trilogy he had pitched and was set to direct.
It was never in the cards. It was always the plan for me to do this, and then hand it off to the next director, whoever that was going to be. So, I never had that really in ...
I believe that she was supposed to appear. Here are some more details:
Filming for this movie ended long before Fisher’s death, with
production concluding in July 2016. An official from Lucasfilm
confirmed to TMZ on Tuesday that Fisher had no scenes left to film for
I haven't seen the scene, but there are two force ghosts named Skywalker who could be expected to wear a single glove for the same reason.
Count Dooku cut off Anakin Skywalker's hand, and Darth Vader cut off Luke Skywalker's hand. Both men had a mechanical hand, over which they would often wear a glove.
Notice that a lightsaber's edge doesn't always have to cut everything it touches. Power is adjustable.
For example, training lightsabers generally won't decapitate nor dismember people:
Training lightsabers aka Youngling lightsabers were lightsabers of limited power—and thus limited danger—that were used for lightsaber practice. Training lightsabers were ...
It looks very much like one of the medals Leia gives out at the end of A New Hope. Whether it's Luke's, Han's, or someone else's, we don't know, but the similarities are pretty apparent.
Here's Master Replica's version of the medal:
The image from the trailer doesn't look as "clean", i.e. it's obviously hand-made, while the replica is obviously machine-...
As of July 27, 2018, Carrie Fisher will be in both Episode 8 and 9.
The role of Leia Organa will once again be played by Carrie Fisher, using previously unreleased footage shot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. “We desperately loved Carrie Fisher,” says Abrams. “Finding a truly satisfying conclusion to the Skywalker saga without her eluded us. We were ...
Apparently part of Johnson's contract for helming The Last Jedi was to be offered a whole trilogy of his own — and which may already be under development — and he would be quite busy with wrapping up post-production. If he was considered, it probably wouldn't have been for long.
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