Disney in talks with Carrie Fisher’s estate to bring CGI Leia to Star Wars: Episode IX


Since the untimely and tragic death of Star Wars iconic actress, Carrie Fisher, Disney is scrambling to solve how her character, Princess Leia, will be carried through Star Wars: Episode IX…

There is a hole in the hearts of Star Wars fans across the globe, as the tragic death of Star Wars iconic actress, Carrie Fisher, has left us all in mourning. The braintrust from Disney and Lucasfilm are meeting in order to decide the fate of Fisher’s character, Princess/General Leia.

One thought, among Star Wars fans and press alike, is that Leia can be recreated digitally, using the groundbreaking methods Gareth Edwards and ILM used in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story for Peter Cushing’s Tarkin, and Fisher’s younger Leia.

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On Wednesday night, BBC Newsnight aired a piece on the use of CGI characters in films, as well as a decent bit about Tarkin and Leia in Rogue One. Sadly, unless you live in the UK, the video won’t work, but thanks to website Star Wars News Net, we have the most important quote of the video, regarding Carrie Fisher’s estate and Disney.

"“And if what might be regarded as unseemly haste, 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…”"

So, it appears as if that braintrust from Disney and Lucasfilm have already met, and have decided to go forward with the CGI aspect of carrying Princess/General Leia through Star Wars: Episode IX. We already know that Fisher had finished all her scenes for Episode VIII, so Episode IX is where the CGI would have to be used.

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We want to hear from you: Do you want to see Carrie Fisher’s General Leia recreated using a mix of CGI and an actress that somewhat resembles Fisher, in Star Wars: Episode IX? Let us know in the comments below and on social media.