The sad and untimely passing of Carrie Fisher was gut punch to fans, especially since they were finally seeing the new adventures of her most famous character, Princess Leia, in the Star Wars sequel trilogy. Grief is hard, but trying to figure out what to do about your movie trilogy now that one of its stars has died is harder. More cynical, yes, but also hard. In a recent press conference, Disney CEO Bob Iger was asked about Fisher and how her real like curtain call will effect her Star Wars character, and he affirmed that when it comes to Leia’s story line in The Last Jedi, they’re not going to touch it.
“When we bought Lucasfilm, we were going to make three films — Episodes VII, VIII and IX,” Iger said at the Scale: The Future of Tech and Entertainment in Santa Monica this week. “We had to deal with tragedy at the end of 2016. Carrie appears throughout VIII. We are not changing VIII to deal with her passing. Her performance remains as it is in VIII. In Rogue One, we had some digital characters. We are not doing that with Carrie.”
This is not the first time that Disney’s had to assure that there wasn’t going to be any digital Leia in Episode IX (despite what they did for younger Leia in Rogue One). “Carrie Fisher was, is, and always will be a part of the Lucasfilm family,” read a statement on the official Star Wars website earlier this year. “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.”
Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be in theatres everywhere on December 15.
Source: Comic Book Movie