Lucasfilm have posted a statement on their website to address rumours that have spread across the internet over the past couple of weeks. These rumours suggested that Lucasfilm was in talks with Carrie Fisher’s family to get the rights to her likeness so they could use a CGI’d Fisher in future Star Wars films. Lucasfilm have responded to the rumours saying that they have “no plans to digitally recreate Carrie Fisher’s performance as Princess or General Leia Organa”.
After Carrie heartbreakingly passed away last December, fans expressed their worry that Lucasfilm would use CGI to continue to using her character, General Leia Organa, in future Star Wars films – just like they did with Peter Cushing’s Grand Moff Tarkin in ‘Rogue One’. Peter Cushing died in 1994 and with consent from his family, he returned to our screens in the first Star Wars spin-off last year in CGI form. Digitally bringing the late actor back to life has divided opinions of fans as some don’t agree with the notion of bringing back characters who are played by actors who have passed away,.
Carrie is said to have a much larger role in Episodes VIII, which wrapped filming last year, and was intended to heavily feature in Episode IV too which is why these rumours started circulating. As we know nothing about Episode IV, we don’t know what General Organa’s involvement would of lead to – but we hope that, now digitally recreating her is out of the question, she receives a fitting explanation for her absence.
The official statement from Lucasfilm is as follows:
“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.”