Lucasfilm has released an official statement quashing a BBC Newsnight report earlier this week that they were negotiating with the estate of the recently deceased Carrie Fisher to continue using her likeness in future “Star Wars” films.
The talk began when it was revealed “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” had recreated the late Peter Cushing’s Grand Moff Tarkin and Fisher’s Princess Leia, both looking like they did around the time of the original 1977 film.
With the passing of Fisher at the end of December, and with confirmation her character of Leia had plenty of scenes in Colin Trevorrow’s yet to shoot “Star Wars: Episode IX,” it came as little surprise that the idea of the “Rogue One” tech being used to fully recreate Fisher’s appearance before her passing for ‘Episode IX’ was a possibility.
Now though the company has quashed the idea not just for the film but any potential future film, saying:
“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.”
Fisher reportedly finished all her scenes for Rian Johnson’s “Star Wars: Episode VIII” which will mark her final screen performance.