It’s still hard to believe that we even have to write this sort of thing so soon after the untimely passing of Carrie Fisher, but here we are. There’s been a lot of discussion recently about the resurrection of actors via CGI, particularly as it relates to Star Wars, thanks to the remarkable job done to put Peter Cushing in some key scenes of Rogue One.
But with Carrie Fisher’s unexpected death just last month, it put Lucasfilm in a tricky position. Fisher’s General Leia was supposed to play a key role in Star Wars Episode VIII and IX. While she did complete filming on all her scenes for Episode VIII, the question of how Lucasfilm would handle Leia’s appearance in future films remains to be seen. Some rumors have surfaced over the last week indicating that a CGI Leia could be the solution for future Star Wars movies.
That isn’t the case. Here’s the full statement from Lucasfilm:
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.
And from the sound of it, this means they won’t try and put a younger version of her anywhere else again, either. This seems like the right move.