Star Wars: The Last Jedi” won’t be released until December, but Lucasfilm is now starting the pre-production of “Star Wars: Episode 9." In fact, in Vanity Fair’s special edition for the “Star Wars” 40th anniversary, its cover story revealed little teasers about the ninth movie installment.

The film is said to start filming in January 2018, shortly after the eighth movie has been released. Also, the original plan is the ninth episode to center to General Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher), but, unfortunately, they can’t do it anymore.

Fisher's supposed-to-be story

Leia is the leader of the Resistance, thus it is no surprise that she still has a major role in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” In fact, there are swirling rumors that she is about to face the evil Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis) as the New Order is about to strike back because of what happened to the Starkiller Base.

The magazine's cover story proves that Fisher will have a lot of screen time in the second installment of the trilogy. Also, it revealed that the late iconic actress should have been the main star of the movie’s ninth episode.

The Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy even supported the claim when she revealed that time Fisher finished filming 'Episode 8,' she grabbed her and told her that she would better be the “forefront” of the ninth film. To recall, the vanguard of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” was Han Solo (Harrison Ford) while “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” would be Luke Skywalker’s (Mark Hamill).

Hence, the mother of Billie Lourd was looking forward “Episode 9” to be about her. “And it would have been,” Kennedy unveiled. Unfortunately, Fisher wouldn't make it as she died in December 2016 due to cardiac arrest.

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Disney disapproves CGI

Additionally, it looks like the ninth film’s director Colin Trevorrow has a lot of things to do now that Fisher is gone. There are swirling rumors that Disney is eyeing to use CGI so Leia could still be seen in “Star Wars: Episode 9.” This is the same technology they used when the young princess is seen in “Rouge One: A Star Wars Story.

As a matter of fact, the star’s brother, Todd Fisher, already allowed the media company to use CGI. But, the studio insisted that it would never do it. Kennedy, on the other hand, also asserted that she along with the people behind the film have no intention to begin a trend of “recreating” departed actors.

The plans for the movie’s ninth episode

Meanwhile, Trevorrow is eyeing “Star Wars: Episode 9” to be released in May 2019, a date different from the usual December release. Originally, the previous “Star Wars” movies were revealed in May, thus the director wanted to follow the initial trend. The film’s principal photography is said to start this summer, although Disney and Lucasfilm have yet to confirm this assumption.