The sudden and tragic passing of Carrie Fisher was most certainly one of the most shocking things to happen as 2016 came to a close, but one question raised was about her involvement with the new Star Wars trilogy. She was in The Force Awakens, her scenes for Episode VIII were completed, and she was slated to come back in Episode IX.
One of the many speculations as to what might happen in the futures films was what happened in the recent Star Wars film, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Peter Cushing’s likeness was used to help digitally recreate the long deceased actor so that Grand Moff Tarkin may appear again on screen given the character’s importance in the film’s story. Even Fisher’s younger likeness from A New Hope was digitally recreated to further connect the two films, all done with their respective estate’s permission.
Well guess no more, Lucasfilm has issued a statement stating they will not be digitally recreating Carrie Fisher’s likeness for Episode IX or for any other live-action Star Wars project. Thus making all previous reports of them in talks with Carrie Fisher’s estate about this, completely false.
The statement reads,
“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. We cherish her memory and legacy as Princess Leia, and will always strive to honor everything she gave to Star Wars.”
Clear as day now, Lucasfilm is adamant on respecting the legacy and person that Carrie Fisher was.
Fan reaction to the original report got some fans up in arms and thus why Lucasfilm had to step in this time to give their definitive word on the situation.
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