Lucasfilm Addresses the Issue of Carrie Fisher in Episode IX
She won't be digitally inserted into the movie as Leia
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 14, 2017 11:05 AM CST
This 1977 file image provided by 20th Century-Fox Film Corporation ahows, from left, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill in a scene from "Star Wars."   (AP Photo/20th Century-Fox Film Corporation, file)

(Newser) – The makers of Star Wars have put a quick end to rumors that while Carrie Fisher has died, her Princess Leia may live on. Making a rare foray into the sprawling world of Star Wars speculation, Lucasfilm said Friday night that there are no plans to digitally recreate Fisher to appear in future episodes of the movie saga. "There is a rumor circulating that we would like to address," a company statement said. "We want to assure our fans that Lucasfilm has no plans to digitally recreate Carrie Fisher's performance as Princess or General Leia Organa." Fisher, who reprised her role as Leia in 2015's Star Wars: Episode VII—The Force Awakens, had finished shooting Star Wars: Episode VIII, due out next December, when she died Dec. 27 of cardiac arrest at age 60.

But Fisher had also been slated to appear in Episode IX, scheduled for release in 2019. That film is still being scripted, and the writers are deciding how to handle her death. Adding to the speculation was the brief appearance of a digitized 1977-era Fisher in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which was released last month. But Lucasfilm insists Episode VIII will be Fisher's last. "Carrie Fisher was, is, and always will be a part of the Lucasfilm family," the company's statement says, per the AP. "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."

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