“Sadly, Carrie will not be in ‘Nine,’” Kennedy said. “But we’ll see a lot of her in ‘Eight,’ which is great.”
The actress’ brother, Todd Fisher, had told various media outlets that his sister would have a role in the ninth installment.
“[Todd Fisher] was probably confused because we finished everything in ‘Eight,’ and Carrie is absolutely phenomenal in the movie. We’re so happy that we were able to complete shooting in the summer. Unfortunately, Carrie passed away. By the time we were well underway with ‘Episode Nine’ in our thoughts — we had not written the script yet — but we’ve regrouped, we started over again in January,” Kennedy said.
Set to hit theaters in May, 2019, the film is directed by Colin Trevorrow, who wrote the script with “The Last Jedi” director Rian Johnson.
Fisher passed away last December at the age of 60. After returning to the franchise in “The Force Awakens,” she will also appear in “The Last Jedi.” The actress was honored Thursday in many moving tributes, including from her daughter, Billie Lourd, and her co-star, Mark Hamill.
ABC’s “Good Morning America” tweeted a portion of Kennedy’s interview:
— Good Morning America (@GMA) April 14, 2017
This year’s Star Wars Celebration runs April 13 – 17 in Orlando, Florida.