Doing something the company usually never does, Lucasfilm has issued a statement on using CGI to recreate Carrie Fisher as Princess/General Leia…
On Thursday, a story from BBC News reporting that Disney was in talks with the estate of Carrie Fisher, in order to digitally recreate the iconic Star Wars actress who recently passed away. Many Star Wars fans were instantly against this decision, as they felt a CGI character of General Leia in Episode IX would somehow diminish Carrie Fisher’s legacy.
This evening, Lucasfilm, via StarWars.com has issued a statement refuting these claims and promises there was never had any intention to recreate Carrie Fisher digitally as Princess or General Leia.
"We don’t normally respond to fan or press speculation, but there is a rumor circulating that we would like to address. 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."
Image Credit: Lucasfilm
Beautifully said, and to the point. This can finally put to rest those rumors now, and it also seems as if BBC News has some explaining to do. Was Disney, who acquired Lucasfilm, really in talks with the estate of Carrie Fisher for the rights to use her likeness, digitally?
If Lucasfilm doesn’t digitally recreate Carrie Fisher, then Episode IX director Colin Trevorrow will have the tall task of writing one of the most iconic Star Wars characters out of the final film in the new Star Wars trilogy.
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