Some had no issue with the illusion, others saw it as very fake, but either way the decision to use digital face replacement technology to portray the late Peter Cushing and a much younger Carrie Fisher (before her passing) in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” has caused much debate.
That may only be the start though. Having Disney and Lucasfilm creating a 19-year-old Princess Leia, using an exact likeness of Fisher from the original 1977 “Star Wars,” for a brief cameo is one thing. But what about a full on supporting character using Fisher’s likeness from the recent films?
BBC Newsnight (via Movieweb) aired a piece last night about human CG characters in live-action movies and during the show, it was revealed that Lucasfilm and Disney are already meeting with Carrie Fisher’s estate about continuing to use her likeness to bring Leia back for upcoming “Star Wars” movies.
Specifically the piece says: “And if what might be regarded as unseemly haste, Disney is negotiating with the actor’s estate over her continued appearance in the franchise. If Disney gets the go-ahead, Carrie Fisher will join Peter Cushing…”
Fisher reportedly completed all her scenes for Rian Johnson’s “Star Wars: Episode VIII” before her death, but she was supposed to play a much bigger role in Colin Trevorrow’s “Star Wars: Episode IX” and as it gears up for production this idea is apparently being floated.
Treverrow is currently meeting with Lucasfilm about potential re-writes to the ninth film, re-writes that will be heavily impacted depending upon if Disney and the Fisher estate can come to some kind of agreement. The Fisher Estate hasn’t made any announcements in regards to the use of Carrie Fisher’s likeness in future “Star Wars” movies or other projects.