The late Carrie Fisher, who recaptured our hearts as General Leia Organa in 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and then broke them into tiny little pieces when she passed away of a heart attack just a year after the film’s release, is confirmed to reappear in the next two Star Wars instalments.
We know she had finished filming for the next episode, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but anyone who felt a touch of the heeby-jeebies at the CGI version of young Princess Leia at the end of Rogue One might be forgiven for worrying that filmmakers would try to resurrect Fisher via the uncanny valley for Episode IX.
Breathe a sigh of relief, friends: everyone’s favourite space mum will remain unaltered and intact.
Carrie’s heirs, her brother Todd Fisher and her daughter Billie Lourd, have granted Disney the right to use her image in the upcoming and unnamed final film.
Todd Fisher told the Daily News:
“She’s as much a part of it as anything and I think her presence now is even more powerful than it was. […] I think the legacy should continue.“The people deserve to have her. She’s owned by them.”
Disney and LucasFilm, for their part, have released a statement saying they have no plans to digitally recreate Leia, which means that our last glimpses of Carrie may be just that – glimpses.