5 Future Carrie Fisher Projects Coming Up To Help Fans Continue To Celebrate Her Legacy
Carrie Fisher's passing has left the world reeling, and it's easy to see why. As a passionate feminist and talented actor, she was outspoken about injustices and committed to being a part of exciting new projects until the very end of her life. The latter is why, even posthumously, you'll still be seeing new movies and TV shows from Fisher in 2017, even if some of them don't have release dates just yet.
We last saw new voice work from Fisher on Dec. 4 on Family Guy, the comedy on which she voices the recurring character, Angela, the head of the shipping department of the Pawtucket Brewery. But in addition to Season 15, Episode 8 "Carter and Tricia", we know she recorded work for two more episodes of Family Guy. The dates for these episodes have not been confirmed, but, since the last seven seasons have clocked in at between 18 and 23 episodes, we can assume the two episodes may form part of Season 15 and so will drop in the near future.
But even if you're not into Family Guy, there's still other projects featuring Fisher you should be pencilling into your diary to watch. Because while the actor is gone, there will still be new material that demonstrates the breadth of her astounding talent.
January 2017: Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds
According to Variety, this new documentary giving an inside look at the lives of these two iconic figures will be screened at the Palm Springs Film Festival before hitting HBO in March. Update: However, on Friday, December 30, the network announced that, "In light of the recent and unexpected deaths of both Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, the documentary will debut Saturday, Jan. 7 at 8:00 p.m."
January-March: Family Guy
Admittedly, this hasn't been confirmed so this is just guesswork, but let's review facts. We're only roughly halfway through Season 15 and Fisher has already recorded her part for two episodes. I'd argue these will be for Season 15 rather than 16, given that we don't have any information about Season 16 yet.
The episodes start up again on Jan. 8 (with Episode 10), and, if we get one episode per week and assume there'll be at least 18 episodes (as was the case with every season since Season 8), then we're looking at viewing Fisher's episodes some time between Jan. 8 and Mar. 5.
"Early Next Year": Catastrophe
According to TVLine, the last "on-camera project" Fisher shot was for Season 3 of Amazon's U.K. comedy series Catastrophe, in which she plays a stressful mother-in-law. Co-creator, and the actor playing the onscreen daughter-in-law, Sharon Horgan reacted to Fisher's death on Instagram, calling the star “the most generous, fun, gifted, smart, kind, funny funny funny person I’ve ever met.” The series, in which Fisher recorded work for one of the six episodes, is slated to drop "early next year."
December 15 2017: Star Wars VIII
According to Deadline and IMDB, Fisher had already recorded her scenes for Star Wars: Episode VIII, in which she reprised the role of Leia. According to Deadline, it's a bigger role than the last episode in the series, and she will be joined by her daughter Billie Lourd (Scream Queens).
We know from Rita Ora's Instagram post and Fisher's IMDB profile that the latter shot work for the upcoming fashion and fantasy movie about a 12-year-old girl who goes through a magic portal and successfully gets her wish to become grown up. However, we don't know if Fisher finished shooting her part. When Variety reached out to director Vlad Marsavin for a comment on the status of Fisher's work on the film, he did not respond.
It's hard not to mourn the passing of the acting legend. All the same, the actor may be gone, but there's still plenty of new work by her to view — something that testifies to her remarkable work ethic and will help all of us continue to celebrate her lasting legacy.