Lucasfilm has confirmed that it has no intention of ‘digitally resurrecting’ Carrie Fisher in future Star Wars movies.
After Carrie’s untimely passing on December 27 there was speculation that the studio would use CGI to bring General Leia back for future Star Wars films but they’ve now confirmed that is not their intention.
“Lucasfilm has no plans to digitally recreate Carrie Fisher’s performance” as Princess Leia, it said.
Fisher had already finished filming for the next instalment, Star Wars: Episode VIII, due out at the end of the year, and she was expected to appear in Episode IX, which is still being scripted and scheduled for a 2019 release.
In a statement LucasFilm confirmed that Episode VIII will be Fisher’s last.
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 honour everything she gave to Star Wars.
The studio has some form with computer generated necromancy resurrecting Peter Cushing to reprise the role of Grand Moff Tarkin in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
The choice to recreate Cushing has been a controversial one with some praising the stunning work while others have likened it to ‘grave robbing’.
A younger version of Princess Leia did make an appearance in Rogue One using an on-set stand-in, digital effects, and 40-year-old audio of Fisher to complete the effect.
Kathy Kennedy , the president of LucasFilm, has claimed that Fisher loved her digital doppelganger and though it was ‘fantastic’.