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Most recently it has been reported that Disney had been in talks with Carrie Fisher's estate to allow them to use her likeness. While it's probably true this could be all sorts of things. Now Disney and Lucasfilm have released a statement confirming that there are NO plans to digitally recreate Fisher for the as yet unfilmed Star Wars: Episode IX.
Read the full statement below...
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.
Carrie Fisher completed filming on the upcoming, but as yet untitled, Star Wars: Episode VIII last year and it had been rumoured that her character would have a bigger role in the final film.
Star Wars: Episode IX is the third film in the third Star Wars trilogy. It will star Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac and Anthony Daniels. It is being written and directed by Colin Trevorrow for a cinema release in December 2019.