Leia will appear in Star Wars: Episode IX using recent footage, not CGI


After Carrie Fisher’s untimely passing back in December, 2016, aside from the general sadness at the passing of a legend, an unease gripped Star Wars fans over what would become of Fisher’s character, General Leia Organa. Leia has been an important character in all of the Star Wars movies, and was set to have a much more prominent role in Episode VIII, which finished shooting in July. Lucasfilm was quick to confirm that they would not bring Leia back to the screen via CGI, as they had done with Peter Cushing’s Grand Moff Tarkin (and a young Princess Leia) in Rogue One, however the question still remained about how the Star Wars films could possibly continue without Leia.

Disney has asked for, and received, permission from Fisher’s estate to use recent footage of the actress for scenes in Episode IX. Fisher’s brother, Todd Fisher, as well as her daughter Billie Lourd have granted this permission. Disney will be able to use footage already shot of Carrie Fisher to complete scenes for Episode IX, with the understanding that CGI should not be used to digitally recreate the actress.

When asked about the issue, Todd Fisher seemed to think that there was no question:

Both of us were like, ‘Yes, how do you take her out of it?’ And the answer is you don’t. She’s as much a part of it as anything and I think her presence now is even more powerful than it was, like Obi Wan — when the saber cuts him down he becomes more powerful. I feel like that’s what’s happened with Carrie. I think the legacy should continue.

There’s no word yet on how Episode IX may need to change based on the footage already available versus what new footage would have been necessary, though Disney has confirmed that no changes are planed for Episode VIII, which has already completed filming.

What do you think about keeping Leia in Episode IX via existing footage? Would you prefer to have her character arc changed in Episode VIII in order to account for her passing? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.

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Last Updated on April 10, 2017.


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