Carrie Fisher will not appear in Star Wars: Episode IX, Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy said on Friday.
The announcement came during an interview with ABC News and was something of a bombshell, as Todd Fisher, the late actress' brother, previously said his sister would be in the planned ninth installment of the blockbuster franchise. Kennedy said he was "confused."
"Sadly, Carrie will not be in nine," said Kennedy. "But we will see a lot of Carrie in eight."
Previously, Todd Fisher told the New York Daily News that he and Carrie Fisher's daughter, Billie Lourd, had given Disney and Lucasfilm permission to use recent footage of the actress in 2019's Star Wars: Episode IX.
"Both of us were like, 'Yes, how do you take her out of it?' And the answer is, you don't," said Todd Fisher recently at the TCM Classic Film Festival in Los Angeles.
Carrie Fisher died last December at the age of 60.
Her life and work was celebrated by her Star Wars family during the first installment's 40th anniversary celebration in Florida.
EXCLUSIVE: Lucasfilm President Kathy Kennedy says Carrie Fisher will NOT be in @StarWars Episode 9 as General Leia. #SWCO #TheLastJedi pic.twitter.com/gxH80QteYb
- Good Morning America (@GMA) April 14, 2017