Late last week, there were rumors that Disney was already negotiating with CAarrie Fisher’s estate, about potentially digitally re-creating her in future “Star Wars” movies.
But Lucasfilm DENIED those reports over the weekend. In a statement at StarWars.com, they said, quote, “We want to assure our fans that [we] have no plans to digitally recreate Carrie Fisher’s performance as Leia Organa.”
Carrie WILL appear in the upcoming “Star Wars” movie “Episode Eight”, because she’d finished her work on it before her death last month. That said, there’s talk that the scope of her role may now be tweaked.
Of course, “Rogue One” DID use CGI to re-create a young Princess Leia, as well as Peter Cushing’s Grand Moff Tarkin. And one of the effects guys on that movie said Carrie “loved” their work on her.
He said, quote, “This again is something we wouldn’t have done without her permission and blessing. She knew about it. She saw a work in progress, saw a finished result, and she loved it . . . she was very much in favor of it.”
They might not have done it without her blessing, but they did it without Peter Cushing’s, because he’s DEAD. So there IS precedent for them leveraging a DEAD actor.
If he was still alive, he’d be 103 years old. So there’s a decent chance that he wouldn’t be interested in being in another “Star Wars” movie. And that he’d want all the young whipper-snapper producers to GET OFF HIS LAWN.
Speaking of “Star Wars”, Felicity Jones hosted “Saturday Night Live” this weekend, and Tina Fey showed up during her monologue as a hologram, looking like Princess Leia. And she was giving Felicity hosting advice.