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Carrie Fisher Dies at 60, Impact on Star Wars Movies

Actor Carrie Fisher, dies at 60, a passing of a legend:

It was more than a big shock when my brother ran into my room bleeting that Carrie Fisher, best known for her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars franchise of films, has passed at the age of 60 on Tuesday.

According to The Guardian:

The news, which comes days after she was reported to have suffered a heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles, was confirmed in a statement released on behalf of her daughter Billie Lourd.

Lourd’s publicist said: “It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8.55 this morning. She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly. Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers.”

More about the passing of the star: 

Fisher, the daughter of Debbie Reynolds and the late singer Eddie Fisher, shot to stardom when the original Star Wars was released in 1977. She revisited the role as the leader of a galactic rebellion in three sequels, including last year’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

She was also celebrated for her comedic accounts, sometimes semi-fictionalized, of life in the celebrity fishbowl of Hollywood and her personal struggles.

Her screenplay Postcards from the Edge, which dealt candidly with issues of mental health and addiction, was adapted into a 1990 film version starring Shirley MacLaine and Meryl Streep.

Earlier this year, Fisher was honored by Harvard College, which awarded her its annual outstanding lifetime achievement award in cultural humanism in recognition of her “bravely honest” literary career.

Fisher also transformed her one-woman show Wishful Drinking, which played on Broadway and was filmed for HBO, into a book. She had recently started writing an advice column published in the Guardian.

Her latest book, The Princess Diarist, had been well-received, and made news when she disclosed that she and co-star Harrison Ford had an affair on the set of Star Wars.

Fisher was returning from a book tour in the UK when she taken ill. According to passenger accounts, she fell ill 15 minutes before the plane landed and was given aggressive emergency treatment to stabilize her condition.

Fisher was born in Beverly Hills, California, in 1956, to actor parents who were Hollywood royalty.

When Fisher was two years old, her father, Eddie Fisher, left the family for film star Elizabeth Taylor, the widow of her father’s best friend Mike Todd. The following year, her mother, Debbie Reynolds, married Harry Karl, owner of a shoe-store chain.

Fisher made her film debut in the 1975 comedy Shampoo starring Warren Beatty, Julie Christie and Goldie Hawn. Two years later she was picked to play Princess Leia in George Lucas’s science-fiction film Star Wars alongside Ford.

Other roles followed, but none that came close to matching the attention she received for the sci-fi series.

Carrie Fisher General Organa Star Wars The Force Awakens

What will this mean for Star Wars?

With respect, I couldn’t even begin to know how the minds behind the great Star Wars franchise would attempt to kill off one of the strongest and most impactful female characters and actors of our time.

From a production point of view, I’d think that the Star Wars franchise would be more than equipped to bring people and characters back from the dead.

In the case of the recent Star Wars Story spin-off: Rogue One, a Star Wars Story, we saw a formally passed actors and characters brought back to life with some of the most expensive and advanced CGI ever attempted.

There is no reason why we wouldn’t see some similar technique attempted in the coming Star Wars Episode 8 film, supposed to be opening in theatres in late 2017.

From a story point-of-view, we’ve seen movies and stories take turns for the sake of their own actors passing or changing in time. We’ve seen this in The Dark Knight and Heath Ledger’s legendary portrayal as The Joker, did Ledger’s passing affect the movie detrimentally? We may never know, but no one can argue the result.

The Joker was also a central character, unlike Princess Leia or General Organa, the passing of our star may not be at all that detrimental, as the character no longer plays a central role in the franchise.

But then again, who knows, maybe she was!?

I don’t want to speculate about how Fisher’s passing will affect the Star Wars story. I’m not going to, rather let the dice lay as they may. I do hope it’s not weakly executed, to do so would not bring justice to Fisher’s legacy and life long work. (See Oliver Reed as Proximo in 2000’s Gladiator with Russell Crowe)

I was going to ask you to tell me how you think Star Wars may change with the passing of this cultural icon, but rather, share your fondest memories of the women that created the Princess we geeks will always want to fight for! 

Carrie Fisher Princess Leia Star Wars A New Hope

UPDATE: According to TMZ: Carrie Fisher Wrapped up Episode 8

Carrie Fisher‘s last film will not be compromised as a result of her death … TMZ has learned.

An official from Lucasfilm tells us Carrie was “absolutely wrapped” for “Star Wars: Episode VIII.”

The official added it’s too early to tell how Carrie’s passing will impact future installments of the franchise. Fisher plays General Leia Organa in ‘VIII.’ The movie’s official Twitter account said they wrapped back in July.

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