'Star Wars' Buzz: New Writer for 'Episode IX,' Carrie Fisher in 'The Last Jedi'

'Star Wars' Buzz: New Writer for 'Episode IX,' Carrie Fisher in 'The Last Jedi'

Aug 02, 2017

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

The new series of Star Wars movies have tapped a variety of writers and directors, so it's no big surprise that a new writer has been hired for Star Wars: Episode IX. Really, it reflects the team approach that Hollywood studios have often employed, dating all the way back to the 1930s, especially on big-budget productions.

Star Wars: Episode IX has faced a unique challenge because of the untimely death of Carrie Fisher. Reportedly, her character was envisioned to play a major role in the movie, in a way similar to Han Solo (Harrison Ford) in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and what we expect from Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) in the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi. After Fisher unexpectedly passed away last December, the decision was made that she would not appear as Leia Organa in the ninth installment.

The Book of Henry

Director Colin Trevorrow (The Book of Henry, above) has acknowledged the challenge. He and his writing partner Derek Connolly have been busy crafting a new screenplay this year. Now the decision has been made to hire Jack Thorne to work on the script because "a fresh set of eyes was needed," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Thorne is an experienced writer, mostly for critically-acclaimed and distinctive British television shows, such as Glue, The Last Panthers and National Treasure. His upcoming credits include Wonder, a heartwarming drama starring Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson. He's known for his character-based dialogue and creative scenarios, so he sounds like a good choice for the Star Wars movie.

Star Wars: Episode IX is expected to begin production early next year. It's scheduled for release on May 24, 2019.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

As noted, we now know that Carrie Fisher will be giving her final performance as Leia Organa in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which will open in theaters on December 15. How will her character be treated in the movie?

John Boyega, who is reprising his role as former stormtrooper Finn, reassures fans that they will be pleased by what they see, telling Popcorn with Peter Travers (via ScreenCrush): "This movie, it sends her off in in a very amazing, amazing way. She’s still kept alive in this franchise. You know, that’s the beauty of it, she lives forever in a sense."

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