The loss of Carrie Fisher raised obvious questions regarding the future of her iconic role as Princess Leia in “Star Wars”.
The actress had already completed work on “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” before she died, but she was to have been a big character in Colin Trevorrow’s “Star Wars: Episode IX” which isn’t due to begin production until later this year.
Previously those at Lucasfilm indicated they had no plans to ‘resurrect’ her digitally in the way they did Peter Cushing’s Grand Moff Tarkin in the recent “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”. However, that doesn’t rule out using actual footage of her either – and it looks like they just might do that.
Carrie’s brother Todd Fisher, speaking with The New York Daily News, said that both he and Carrie’s daughter Billie Lourd “have granted the studio rights to use recent footage” of the actress for the film:
“Both of us were like, ‘Yes, how do you take her out of it?’ And the answer is you don’t. She’s as much a part of it as anything and I think her presence now is even more powerful than it was, like Obi-Wan, when the saber cuts him down he becomes more powerful. I feel like that’s what’s happened with Carrie. I think the legacy should continue.”
There’s no details of when this footage was shot or how it will be altered to fit the story. Trevorrow offered an update on the film’s progress at CinemaCon last week, saying: “We’re writing, we’re designing, and there is a draft. You know, we’re throwing 110 percent of our souls into it, so there will be nothing left of me when I’m done.”
The comments come as Twitter activity on the official “Star Wars” account has led to fan speculation that Rosario Dawson, Dwayne Johnson and Cameron Monaghan may be involved in the franchise in some capacity in the near future.
“Star Wars: Episode IX” is due in cinemas sometime in 2019.