Carrie Fisher’s tragic and unexpected death left a giant hole the Star Wars universe, as reports suggest Princess/General Leia was to have a major role in the as-yet-unmade Episode IX. Some have speculated that Disney might digitally recreate her character similar, as they did with Peter Cushing’s Grand Moff Tarkin in Rogue One. However, in a statement issued late Friday night, Disney dismissed the possibility.
“We don’t normally respond to fan or press speculation, but there is a rumor circulating that we would like to address,” the statement reads. “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.”
Might this now mean General Leia will be recast? Or, will director Colin Trevorrow simply rewrite the script? They have some time to figure it out, as production isn’t set to begin until early next year.