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Carrie Fisher's Death Will Not Change Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Carrie Fisher, Star Wars, The Force Awakens

Princess Leia lives.

After Carrie Fisher 's passing in December 2016, many moviegoers wondered whether it would affect Star Wars: The Last Jedi , which she had completed filming prior to her death. "When we bought Lucasfilm, we were going to make three films— Episodes VII , VIII and IX ," Disney CEO Bob Iger said Thursday. "We had to deal with tragedy at the end of 2016. Carrie appears throughout VIII . We are not changing VIII to deal with her passing. Her performance remains as it is in VIII . In Rogue One , we had some digital character, [but] we're not doing that with Carrie."

Iger's comments echoed those made by Lucasfilm two months ago. "We don't normally respond to fan or press speculation, but there is a rumor circulating that we would like to address. We want to assure our fans that Lucasfilm has no plans to digitally recreate Carrie Fisher's performance as Princess or General Leia Organa. Carrie Fisher was, is, and always will be a part of the Lucasfilm family. She was our princess, our general, and more importantly, our friend. We are still hurting from her loss," the studio said at the time. "We cherish her memory and legacy as Princess Leia, and will always strive to honor everything she gave to Star Wars ."

Star Wars: The Last Jedi , from writer-director Rian Johnson , is scheduled for a Dec. 15 release. John Boyega , Gwendoline Christie , Anthony Daniels , Adam Driver , Domhnall Gleeson , Mark Hamill , Oscar Isaac , Lupita Nyong'o , Daisy Ridley and Andy Serkis will reprise their roles from 2015's wildly popular blockbuster Star Wars: The Force Awakens . Benicio Del Toro , Laura Dern and Kelly Marie Tran , meanwhile, have joined the ensemble cast in new, unspecified roles.

Iger, who was speaking at the Scale: The Future of Tech and Entertainment conference in Santa Monica, recently extended his contract with Disney through 2019. Under his leadership, the Star Wars universe will only get bigger. "We're starting talk about what could happen after Episode IX ," Iger shared. "About what could be another decade-and-a-half of Star Wars stories."

And he wasn't just talking about movies.

The planned Star Wars Lands (in both Anaheim and Orlando) will include an experience that would allow park guests to get into the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon "and go for a joyrides."

Iger also spoke about the untitled Han Solo film starring Alden Ehrenreich , slated for a May 25, 2018 release. The story will take place as Han ages from 18 to 24 and will show him acquiring his spaceship the Millennium Falcon, meeting his partner Chewbacca and "getting his name." Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are directing the movie, scheduled for a May 25, 2018 bow.

Donald Glover will play a young Lando Calrissian, while Woody Harrelson announced on The Tonight Show Wednesday that he will play a "criminal" and "mentor" to Han named Beckett. Emilia


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Truce! Ciara and Future Have Come a Long Way Since Being on the Brink of a Legal Showdown: Inside Their Road to Peace

What a difference a year makes.

Just a year ago, Ciara and Future were headed for a showdown in court over multiple issues: Ciara was unhappy with their current custody arrangement  and suing her ex for $15 million for alleged defamation; ironically, the rapper had seemingly publicly criticized her approach to parenting. He fired back in a court filing, insisting she didn't have that illustrious of a name for him to tarnish.

Future was also vocally unhappy about Ciara's then-fiancé, Russell Wilson , spending time with little  Future Jr. , and the former lovebirds' connection had devolved into he-said, she-said.

But now, Future says he's gotten past all the drama —which, from the sound of it, was compounded by a broken heart. Not that he didn't deserve to have a broken heart, judging by Ciara's reasons for ending their engagement ...

"I'm just not going to settle for anything, you know? Even in my life now, I know I can be a better person," the Hndrxx  artist admitted in a new interview with Billboard .  "I ain't giving up on myself, so if you give up on me, I ain't got nothing else to say for you. Because if you give up on something that's real, it wasn't real to you."

To be sure, after the wake-up call that came by being sued simultaneously by two different women last year (Ciara for defamation; Jessica Smith, the mother of another one of his four children, for more child support), Future is only doing himself a favor by redirecting his energy to all the good in his life—such as when he became the first-ever artist to debut two No. 1 albums simultaneously, releasing  Future and  Hndrxx  a week apart last month.

But it was a combination of factors that led to this more positive place for both of Future Jr.'s parents.

In May, a judge sided with Future in refusing to strip him of joint custody of Future Jr. But then in June, Jessica Smith—proven to be the mother of one of Future's four children via a paternity test taken in 2013—went after the rapper for more child support, insisting in court documents that the $2,800 they had agreed on a couple years back was no longer sufficient, taking into account Future's luxurious-looking lifestyle, and that he had been a neglectful father.

It was all getting to be too much for him.

"I can't deal with it. I can't even think about it," he told Rolling Stone last summer when his custody arrangement with Ciara was up in the air. "I never imagined my life would be like that: 'I'm going to sue you and take away from you.' I don't know how to deal with something like that. All I know is record, record, record, record."

He also insisted, despite the harsh words he had flung her way, that he would "never wish" for Ciara to fail. "Her being successful, her being happy, helps me," he insisted. "I'm attached to you. If you're happy, I'm happy. You're connected


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