Let’s have a collective sigh of relief: following rumors and speculation (the internet’s blood), Lucasfilm has come out to publicly denounce word that Carrie Fisher’s Princess/General Leia would be recast or digitally recreated for future Star Wars films following the actress’ untimely death in December 2016.
This is great news! We can see where the rumors may have started: General Leia is an integral part of the series as we know it. We understand that she plays a large role in the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi and completed filming well before she passed.
But LucasFilm may have set a merky precedent by digitally recreating both Grand Moff Tarkin and Princess Leia Organa for the first Star Wars Stories spinoff, Rogue One. The successful, if not controversial, inclusion led many to believe similar tactics would be employed to ensure that Leia remains in the series.
Not the case! In a blog post on StarWars.com, Lucasfilm clarified:
We want to assure our fans that Lucasfilm has no plans to digitally recreate Carrie Fisher’s performance as Princess or General Leia Organa.
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.
Now, just three weeks after the actress’ tragic death, we can reshift our focus to where it should be: celebrating Carrie Fisher’s well-lived life.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is set to hit theaters in December 2017.