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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Will Officially Be Carrie Fisher's Final Appearance As Leia

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Star Wars Celebration in Orlando should have been a weekend of pure joy; unfortunately everyone is still reeling from the loss of Carrie Fisher.

But while the fans are mourning, the filmmakers have been scrambling.

Carrie's part in The Last Jedi (above) was already completed at the time of her death, and spoiler alert — her character was meant to have a large part in the next installment as well.

Much ado was made of the possibility that Princess General Leia would live on digitally, thanks to the use of posthumous character recreation in Rogue One and to comments from those close to the project.

Related: Meet Star Wars: The Last Jedi's Rose, AKA Kelly Marie Tran!

But now we have definitive word from the very top. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy herself says Leia will not return in the Episode IX.

Writer-director Colin Trevorrow and co-writer Derek Connelly, along with the rest of the Lucasfilm braintrust, had to work hard to figure out how to continue the saga without one of its leaders. Kennedy told EW they threw out the story they had and "pretty much started over." No old footage will be used. No digital recreation. Leia will not be part of Episode IX.

But now at last, Kennedy says, they've found a way to explain her absence, though of course, we'll have to wait until we see how Episode VIII ends before they can share any part of it with the fans.

Are YOU happy they're letting Leia go??

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First Words In Star Wars Episode VIII Revealed! And They Change EVERYTHING!

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Ever since the (literal) cliffhanger ending of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, fans have been throwing out speculation basically nonstop about what was coming next in The Last Jedi.

Was Rey actually Luke Skywalker's daughter? His former student? Did he leave her on the planet to scavenge for herself?

Well, it turns out most of the fan theories were about as accurate as stormtrooper fire, because the nature of Luke and Rey's relationship has now been revealed!

Photo: Disney Unveils New Cast Photo Of The Han Solo Star Wars Spinoff!

At a Disney shareholders meeting, the very first footage was shown, including Luke's long-awaited first words!

Thanks to many Bothans (and one leaky L.A. Times reporter who attended), we have a brief Twitter description of the footage:

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