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Princess Leia will NOT be digitally recreated for Star Wars Episode IX

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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.


Last updated: 26/02/2018 13:06:04

Star Wars

Star Wars is a science fiction film series created by George Lucas. It debuted in 1977 and the first film was quickly retitled to Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. It was followed by two sequels - The Empire Strikes Back in 1980 and Return of the Jedi in 1983. A trilogy of prequel films were launched in 1999 with The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. In 2015 Star Wars returned to the screens for a new trilogy under the control of Disney with The Force Awakens directed by J J Abrams.

A series of spin-offs were launched in 2016 with Gareth Edwards' Rogue One and 2017 will see the second film in the new trilogy, Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi.

Another spin-off will be released in 2018 - Solo - which tells the story of Han Solo before the original Star Wars film and 2019 will round off the third trilogy with the untitled Episode IX.

A fourth trilogy of films has been announced for release after 2020 which will be overseen by Rian Johnson and they will feature entirely new characters and an entirely separate story.

In addition, there are the TV series The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels and a new as yet untitled live action series due to debut some time after 2020.

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