We’ve seen the power of Lucasfilms in recreating CGI characters in “Star Wars: Rouge One,” and we know just how bad ass it is. But after rumors broke out on the internet that the film studio plans to digitally recreate Carrie Fisher’s iconic character “Leia Organa” in the upcoming Star Wars films, the company was fast to put the breaks on the rumors.
According to The Verge, Lucasfilm made it clear on the Star Wars website that they do not plan to make a digital recreation of Carrie Fisher as Leia Organa in future Star Wars projects. Carrie Fisher passed away last December at the age of 60.
Princess Leia in “A New Hope”/ Youtube
“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 Statement from Lucasfilm says.
“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,” the statement adds.
Older Leia in “The Force Awakens”/Youtube
According to the Hollywood reporter, Leia Organa has at least two key scenes in the Star Wars franchise: A reunion with Luke Skywalker, and a confrontation with her son Kylo Ren. But the sudden death of Fisher leaves a big plot hole in the saga, especially in Episode IX where Leia is reported to have a bigger role in the film than in the upcoming Episode VIII.
Fortunately, people at Lucasfilm still have enough time to do-over Episode IX’s script. But princess Leia will surely be missed.