A lot is possible with CGI or computer-generated imagery these days. CGI is what made it possible for Peter Cushing’s Grand Moff Tarkin to make an appearance in Star Wars: Rogue One even though the actor himself passed away several years ago. The movie also featured a CGI Carrie Fisher as a young Princess Leia. Fisher was alive back then and is reported to have given permission for a CGI likeness to be created, but following her untimely death a few weeks back, there have been rumors about a CGI Carrie Fisher as General or Princess Leia in future Star Wars movies.
Lucasfilm has sent out an official statement to respond to those rumors. “”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,” it said.
“Carrie Fisher was, is, and always will be a part of the Lucasfilm family,” the studio says, adding that “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.”
This should put to rest, once and for all, that there will be no CGI Carrie Fisher reprising her role as General or Princess Leia in future Star Wars movies. He had already completed filming her part in the upcoming Star Wars Episode VIII due this December so at least we’ll get to see her grace the Star Wars Universe one last time.