No Plans to Digitize Carrie Fisher in Future Star Wars Sequels
Carrie Fisher‘s character of General Leia Organa won’t be digitized into any of the other upcoming films. Lucasfilm issued a statement to correct the rumors that while Carrie Fisher has died, her Princess Leia may live on.
“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,” reads a company statement posted on Starwars.com Friday. “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.
Carrie made an appearance in the recent Star Wars spin off movie, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, but that was with her permission and she was said to have loved her cameo (They used digital actors to bring back the same look that she had in the 1977 original).
The actress had completed her work on Star Wars: Episode VIII prior to her death late last month and sources said Leia was to have been a bigger part of Episode IX than Episode VIII, which wrapped up shooting in July. Episode IX is to begin filming in early 2018, from a script by Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly, but a CGI recreation of Carrie Fisher is definitely off the table and the plot is going to need to be changed up.
Star Wars: Episode VIII is scheduled for release December 15, 2017, so we’ll have one last chance to enjoy the actress in her iconic role.