Carrie Fisher had wrapped ‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ prior to death

Carrie Fisher’s legacy will live on in the next “Star Wars” movie — which has already wrapped shooting and is now in post-production, according to reports. Sources told Variety that the actress had already finished all her work on “Episode VIII” before her death Tuesday. The film is slated to be released in December 2017. It is the eighth movie in the franchise and Fisher’s fifth in which she takes up her famous role as Princess Leia. “Star Wars” producers won’t ultimately have to address her death until they begin shooting “Episode IX,” which was also expected to feature the actress, who at this point in the series was Gen. Leia Organa. One route producers could take would be to use a combination of live action and digital effects to resurrect her character, much like they did — SPOILER ALERT — with her and iconic “Grand Moff Tarkin” actor Peter Cushing in the newly released “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.”

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