General Leia Organa lives on.
The “Star Wars” empire was in chaos following the sudden death of Carrie Fisher. The actress has portrayed Princess Leia Organa since the first installment in 1977.
The 60-year-old actress, who died in December 2016, last appeared in the “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” movie. Fisher reportedly managed to complete filming her scenes for the upcoming “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” film.
Moreover, it looks like the late actress is still going to star in “Episode IX,” as confirmed by her sibling.
In a recent report from New York Daily News, Todd Fisher stated that Disney executives were in talks with him and her sister’s daughter, Billie Lourd, about bringing Carrie’s character for “Episode IX.”
Todd and Billie have granted studio rights to use recent footage of the actress instead of using computer-generated imagery (CGI), like what they used with the late actor Peter Cushing (died: August 1994), who played Wilhuff Tarkin in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.”
“Both of us were like, ‘Yes, how do you take her out of it?’ And the answer is, you don’t,” said Todd at the TCM Classic Film Festival in Los Angeles.
“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 think the legacy should continue,” he added.
Meanwhile, Disney CEO Bob Iger teased (via Entertainment Weekly) that “The Last Jedi” will not tackle Carrie’s death.
“She appears throughout VIII. And what I can say about that is, we’re not changing VIII to deal with her passing. So her performance, which we’re really pleased with, remains as it was in VIII,” Iger revealed at the Scale’s Future of Tech and Entertainment conference in March. He also denied the use of CGI.
The “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” will premiere worldwide on Dec. 15.