Carrie Fisher's Death Could Mean $50M for Disney

It would be the biggest single personal accident insurance claim of all time
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 1, 2017 11:39 AM CST
In this 1977 image provided by 20th Century-Fox Film Corporation, Princess Leia, played by Carrie Fisher, records a message for help on R2-D2 in a scene from "Star Wars."    (AP Photo/20th Century-Fox Film Corporation)

(Newser) – For those already cynical about how Disney will probably "shamelessly [CGI] Carrie Fisher's face into episode IX," as one Twitter user noted last week, another possible reason to be cynical: Disney could actually be reaping quite a windfall from Fisher's death, the New York Post reports. The company took out an insurance policy just in case Fisher couldn't complete her contract for Star Wars episodes VII, VIII, and IX, and if it does indeed pay out its $50 million value, it will be the largest single personal accident insurance claim of all time, per Insurance Insider. Fisher had already finished filming for Episode VIII at the time of her death, and her character was to be a major part of Episode IX. (Read more Carrie Fisher stories.)

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