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While Star Wars: The Last Jedi wanted to let the past die, the cast announcement for Star Wars 9 seems to be bringing back the old guard — including Carrie Fisher, who passed away in 2016, and Mark Hamill, whose character died in the previous movie. However, audiences shouldn't expect the story to undo Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Rian Johnson's Star Wars 8 received mixed responses, even prompting a petition to have the film remade and a boycott of the next Star Wars film, Solo: A Star Wars Story. While the petition and the boycott represent a small faction of the Star Wars fanbase — it's likely that the boycott did not significantly affect Solo's performance at the box office — The Last Jedi is still perceived as a more divisive film than previous Disney-Lucasfilm productions like Star Wars: The Force Awakens or Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Will Star Wars 9 turn opinion around? Either way, the story it's set to tell isn't a case of aggressive course correction or bowing to fan demands; it seems that the final chapter of the sequel trilogy always planned to include these original characters, with no collapse in the discourse changing J.J. Abrams' plan.