Following the digital recreation of a young #CarrieFisher and a hefty performance by a technologically resurrected Peter Cushing in #RogueOne: A Star Wars Story, heavy have been the minds of Star Wars fans since the untimely passing of Fisher at the end of 2016. We've heard rumors about important meetings at Disney regarding General Leia Organa's fate in Star Wars: Episode 9, considering that she was reported to have an increased role that is now, obviously, not possible.
In a rare move, Disney responded to rumors, making a statement on the use of a digital replacement for Fisher on StarWars.com:
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 post goes on to lament Fisher's loss, including: "We cherish her memory and legacy as Princess Leia, and will always strive to honor everything she gave to Star Wars." It does not, however, address how the filmmakers will deal with the passing of the actress or how the story will have to be adjusted post-Episode 8, which completed principal photography in July 2016.
To quote Ian Malcolm in Jurassic Park: "Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should." Thankfully, it looks like it doesn't apply here. While Fisher and her iconic character will certainly be missed, it's less ethically ambiguous to use a story-based solution rather than a technological one.
Star Wars Episode 8 is set to release on December 15, 2017.