In the aftermath of #CarrieFisher's untimely death due to a heart attack aboard a flight on December 27, #Disney look set to receive $50 million in compensation as a result. Is this morally corrupt or just the unfortunate reality that studios face if one of their biggest stars dies before filming is completed?
Let's look at the facts.
Carrie Fisher Died Before Completing The Star Wars Legacy
News of Disney's apparent windfall as a result of Carrie's death comes by way of the Insurance Insider who have released the following statement:
"Sources said that Disney had taken out $50mn of so-called contract protection cover as insurance for the event that Fisher was unable to fulfill her obligations to act in the new Star Wars films, with the policy now likely to trigger."
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Carrie's Death Could Result In The Biggest Market Insurance Claim Ever
This is due to the fact that Carrie was signed on to appear in all three of the modern timeline #StarWars trilogy movies. We all saw Fisher reprise her role as General Leia Organa in 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens — in which she also briefly appeared alongside her daughter, Billie Lourd (Scream Queens) — but before her death Carrie also finished filming for the next movie in the franchise, Star Wars: VIII. Sadly, though, she didn't have the chance to begin filming for the third in the trilogy, Star Wars: IX.
As a result, Disney looks set to receive $50 million in insurance from Lloyd's of London, making it the market's biggest personal accident claim ever, in lieu of the fact that Carrie will not be able to reprise her role for the third and final movie of this particular trilogy.
However, As We Saw In Rogue One, Characters Can Rise From The Dead
Even though Carrie may not be able to act in Star Wars: IX, her CGI avatar may be able to. In a solution that has many people questioning the morality of raising stars from the dead on screen, some have suggested that like Peter Cushing's role as Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin in Star Wars: Rogue One, Carrie could be similarly CGI'd back into life to complete her role as General Leia Organa.