Lucasfilm is shooting down growing rumours claiming the ‘Star Wars’ franchise is planning to digitally recreate Carrie Fisher after her shocking death.
In an unusual move by the studio, Lucasfilm released a statement Friday addressing the false claims: “We don’t normally respond to fan or press speculation, but there is a rumour circulating that we would like to address,” the statement began. “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,” the announcement continued. “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’.”
Though Fisher had already wrapped filming on “Episode VIII”, her character, General Leia Organa, was reportedly slated to play a major role in the final instalment of the trilogy.
Rumours about negotiations with Disney, Lucasfilm and Fisher’s estate began circulating after “Newsnight” reported the development earlier this week. “With what might be regarded as unseemly haste, Disney is negotiating with the actor’s estate over her continued appearance in the franchise,” the show’s Kirsty Wark said on the BBC show. “If Disney gets the go-ahead, Carrie Fisher will join Peter Cushing, who, last month, 15 years after his death, played a key role in Rogue One as Grand Moff Tarkin.”
Carrie Fisher passed away at 60-years-of-age last month, after suffering a heart attack.