Lucasfilm Release Official Statement Addressing Rumours Of Plans To Use CGI Carrie Fisher In Future Films

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.”

Written by Tom Sheffield
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Gugu Mbatha-Raw Rumoured For Star Wars Role

You may be focussing all your attention on ‘The Force Awakens’ right now, and we can’t blame you. With all the hype surrounding J.J Abrams’ addition to the franchise, it’s quite possible you will have missed the news that ‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ has reportedly landed on a leading lady. 

After previous frontrunners for the role, Tatiana Maslany and Olivia Cooke signed onto other projects which would clash with filming for Rian Johnson’s ‘Star Wars’ effort, it has emerged that Gugu Mbatha-Raw has all but signed on the dotted line. After appearing in sci-fi flop ‘Jupiter Ascending’, we’re sure Mbatha-Raw would relish the chance to star opposite Benicio del Toro in this iconic series.

Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes

Star Wars Updates

Star Wars fans must be feeling really wookie, I mean lucky, right now, after StarWars.Com released information regarding TWO upcoming projects. In addition to ‘The Force Awakens’, due for release later this year, fans can now expect Star Wars instalments in 2016 and 2017.

Gareth Edwards will helm the first spinoff feature, scheduled for release on December 16th 2016. Starring ‘The Theory Of Everything’ leading lady, Felicity Jones, the project now has a name too; ‘Rogue One’. Star Wars officials labelled ‘Rogue One’ as “the first film in a unique series of big-screen adventures that explores the characters and events beyond the core” of the original saga.

You may still be bursting with excitement at the prospect of ‘The Force Awakens’, but compose yourself and get your diary out. Because the sequel to J.J. Abrams’ Episode VII already has its own sequel in the pipeline. Scheduled to arrive in theatres May 26th 2017, Episode VIII will be written and directed by Rian Johnson, the man who brought us ‘Looper’.

A galaxy far, far, away just got a lot closer.

Written by Jakob Lewis Barnes