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When passed away just before the end of the year, the world lost both an excellent actress and humorist, and a passionate woman who broke the barriers of mental health in Hollywood. Meanwhile, and Lucasfilm were left without one of their central Star Wars characters, as Fisher had played Leia since the very first trilogy and was due to appear in all three new films.

While she'd reportedly wrapped filming on Episode VIII, she was still meant to play an important part in Episode IX — so what does a studio do when their actress is suddenly gone? Should her part be rewritten in order to minimize her role to a cameo, or is the best way to honor her to use all the CGI tools at the studio's disposal, to at least partially bring her back to life on the big screen?

Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia [Credit: LucasFilm]
Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia [Credit: LucasFilm]

It's a tough question, and depending on who you ask, you'll get vastly different responses. But whichever way Disney chooses to go, their decision has to be made in cooperation with Fisher's estate — and the BBC reports the two parties are already in talks over the future of Fisher's likeness.

Disney Already Discussing Fisher's 'Continued Appearance In The Franchise'

In a reportage about the use of CGI, including a discussion of the achievements of the special effects team behind Rogue One, the BBC indicated that Disney could already be planning how to keep Fisher in the Star Wars franchise. As transcribed by Star Wars News Net:

"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…"

However, neither party has yet confirmed holding these negotiations, and while the talks are most certainly happening, there's no way of knowing for sure how many scenes exactly Leia will retain in the upcoming movies. Fans wouldn't necessarily welcome a CGI Fisher with as much presence as Cushing's Grand Moff Tarkin.

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Cushing's recreation on screen for Rogue One has already raised some serious ethical questions, not only because it's legally complex to determine who has the right over his likeness, but also because despite the incredible progress of CG technology, artificially created characters are still very far from the real deal.


What do you think Disney should do with Leia in the upcoming Star Wars movies?

(Source: BBC via Star Wars News Net)


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