Carrie Fisher’s final scenes in the future Star Wars movies will not change despite her tragic death.
Disney CEO’s Bob Iger has confirmed the upcoming movie and the plot of Episode IX will not be modified after the actress sadly passed away in December 2016 following a cardiac arrest.
Speaking at a conference at the University of Southern California, he said: “When we bought Lucasfilm, we were going to make three films – Episodes VII, VIII and IX. We had to deal with tragedy at the end of 2016. She’s in [Episode] VIII, and we’re not changing VIII to deal with her passing. Her performance, which we’ve been really pleased with, remains as it was.”
There was initially thoughts that Fisher’s likeness could be digitally created for future movies after Peter Cushing, who died in 1994, appeared in 2016’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. However, Lucasfilm denied they were seeking the rights to use Fisher’s digital image.
A statement posted on StarWars.com read: “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 honour everything she gave to Star Wars.”
Meanwhile, Lucasfilm chief creative officer and visual effects supervisor John Knoll previously revealed Carrie was thrilled that her character Princess Leia appeared in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
He said: “She was involved in the process and, you know, she saw the final result and she loved it. I got a call afterwards from Kathy [Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy] saying, ‘Well, Carrie loved it’. We had really good scans of her and … we matched a couple of frames very exactly with our CG model and then sort of bounced back and forth between our render and the archival frame.”