Disney CEO: 'Last Jedi' not changed due to Fisher's death

Mar 25, 2017, 03:02
Disney CEO: 'Last Jedi' not changed due to Fisher's death

What I can say about that is she is in 8 and we're not changing 8 to deal with her passing.

In "The Force Awakens", it was revealed the Leia, now a general, is the leader of the Resistance fighting against the evil First Order. It sounds an bad lot like he's saying that "Han Solo" is actually a nickname or assumed identity of some kind.

We thought we were past Star Wars blowing our minds.

The statement made by Iger follows the comments Lucasfilm made earlier this year regarding the continuation of Princess Leia in the upcoming films.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi will hit theaters December 15 this year, and the as-yet untitled Han Solo film will open on May 25, 2018. "It's quite good", he is quoted as saying. "It picks up where "VII" left off". But, he is firmed that they will never do it to Carrie Fisher's character in "Star Wars Episode 8: The Last Jedi".

That's the timeline we've somehow lucked ourselves into, though, and the few details we've heard so far about next year's Han Solo movie all sound pretty exciting.

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The Solo movie, featuring Alden Ehrenreich, will tackle the character between the ages of 18 and 24.

"[The film will show how Han Solo] acquiring a certain vehicle and meeting a certain Wookie", he explained. You also can't have a Han Solo film without showing how his friendship with Chewbacca began.

Though it felt kind of wrong, when Carrie Fisher died in December a lot of us wondered how the Star Wars movies would weather her loss. "About what could be another decade-and-a-half of Star Wars stories", Iger said today, though he didn't share anything beyond that.

"A galaxy far, far away", he joked.

This morning, it was announced that Iger renewed his contract with The Walt Disney Company through July of 2019, which means he'll be able to walk off into the sunset just one month after Episode IX concludes the new trilogy.

Woody Harrelson and Emilia Clarke will also star in the as-yet untitled movie, which is due to be released in May 2018.