Following writer and actor Carrie Fisher’s sudden and tragic death in December, Star Wars fans quickly began speculating over whether Fisher’s General Organa would appear in the third episode of the latest Star Wars trilogy.
At the time of Fisher’s death, the actor had completed filming her scenes for Star Wars: Episode VIII, reprising her famous role as Princess Leia, who was now a General. With Star Wars: Episode IX not scheduled to be released until 2019, the fate of Fisher’s iconic character appeared to be up in the air – that is, until now.
Writing on the official Star Wars blog, Lucasfilm said “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.”
The short post went on the eulogize Fisher, writing “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.”
This past December, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hit theatres and surprised long time fans with a CGI rendering of the late actor Peter Cushing, who digitally reprised his role as Grand Moff Tarkin. Many fans understandably began to wonder whether Fisher’s Leia would appear in a similar form for Star Wars: Episode IX, a prospect that Lucasfilm has now shut down.
Cushing isn’t the first actor to be brought back to life in a film through CGI. When actor Paul Walker died in a car crash before completing filming on Furious 7, CGI renderings were used to give Walker’s character a final send off scene.
Both Cushing and Walker’s CGI scenes were met with mixed reactions from fans, with the special effect impressive, but not flawless. With confirmation that Fisher’s Leia won’t be recreated with CGI for Star Wars: Episode IX, the hope now is that her character will receive an ending fit for a princess.