Forget the rumors: 'Star Wars' won't digitally recreate Carrie Fisher

  • Forget the rumors: 'Star Wars' won't digitally recreate Carrie Fisher

Forget the rumors: 'Star Wars' won't digitally recreate Carrie Fisher

Fisher appeared in four of the "Star Wars" films, beginning with the original 1977 movie and its two sequels, playing the intrepid Princess Leia as a young actress.

The statement by Lucasfilm on Friday left in question whether her character would be written out of that film or another actress would be hired to play the Leia role. Because her death likely has forced Disney and Lucasfilm to alter their plans for Episode IX, a BBC Newsnight report (via Star Wars News Net) stated that producers could employ CGI technology to continue the saga as initially planned while also suggesting that Disney, owner of Lucasfilm, is already negotiating with Fisher's estate for the continued use of her image.

The 60-year-old suffered a heart attack during a flight from London to Los Angeles on 23 December, and died in hospital on 27 December.

Princess Leia in Star Wars A New Hope
Carrie Fisher in Star Wars A New Hope | Lucasfilm

"We don't normally respond to fan or press speculation, but there is a rumor circulating that we would like to address", Lucasfilm wrote on the official Star Wars site.

With the loss of Carrie Fisher came not only tremendous amounts of sorrow but a slue of wild fan rumors and speculation regarding future "Star Wars" episodes. Her mother, Debbie Reynolds, died the next day. It's unclear if this is due to the lukewarm response to their digital tricks in the most recent film, or to a larger respect for Fisher's family. It's most compelling in movie franchises, where some roles simply can't be recast - it's safe to say no one else is taking on the role of Leia in Star Wars. General Leïa we discovered Rey and more recently, Jyn Erso in Star Wars Rogue One A Story. There were suggestions that Fisher's role could be reduced and/or done through CGI, the way the late Peter Cushing's character - Grand Moff Tarkin - was done in "Rogue One", but Lucasfilm has shut down that notion in a statement posted on StarWars.com. "We cherish her memory and legacy as Princess Leia, and will always strive to honor everything she gave to 'Star Wars, '" Lucasfilm explained.