Carrie Fisher reportedly finished filming Star Wars: Episode VIII before her sudden death on December 27. However, her character, Leia Organa, was originally slated to appear in Episode IX, which begins shooting in 2018, according to Variety. That means Star Wars will be tasked with addressing the absence of the beloved character.
Chris Hardwick, who is well-known for his love of all things nerdy, including Star Wars, shared his hopes for how the saga handles Carrie's death in future films when he appeared on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen Wednesday night (clip above). "I think they should address it. I definitely think they should address it. I don't think it should just be, 'Oh, she's not here anymore!' I definitely think they should honor her," he told Andy Cohen. "She was such a pillar of our culture, and Carrie was such an incredible woman and so funny, so honest, and such a force of nature. If you guys get a chance, her roast of George Lucas at an AFI [tribute to the Star Wars director] was one of the funniest things. She was so incredible, and it's such a huge loss. I hope they do address it in an honorable way."
Fans of Carrie have also come up with another way for Disney, which bought Lucasfilm in 2012, to honor her life and legacy. A Change.org petition has been created in an effort to make Princess Leia a Disney princess. Of course, all of Dinsey's princesses are animated, so the character might be ruled out on that technicality, but the petition does have nearly 40,000 signatures as of the time of this writing, and that's not nothing.
Still, Cody Christensen, who started the campaign, thinks Leia is more than deserving of the Disney Princess title, which is only bestowed upon certain princesses featured in Disney's movies and has been its own franchise since 2000, according to CBS News. “I actually have 5 daughters and there are constantly princess movies playing in the background,” he told the website GeekExchange. “We are big fans of the current Princess line-up, but I think that Leia is a really strong, positive, awesome role model for my girls, and she would make a great addition.”
High-profile tributes to Carrie have also poured in from everywhere, from a Mardi Gras krewe to an upcoming scene in Marvel's Star Wars: Poe Dameron comic. Fans have also called for China's Yulin Dog Meat Festival to be shut down in Carrie's honor since the late actress was a big supporter of the cause.
Watch Chris weigh in on another beloved franchise, The Walking Dead, on WWHL, below.