Apr
08
2017

Carrie Fisher is getting put into Star Wars Episode IX. Somehow.

I would prefer that they not do this.

When Carrie Fisher passed away late last year, there was a lot of speculation about whether or not she’d appear in some way in Star Wars: Episode IX. Her role in the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi had been completed before her death, but the next film had not yet begun shooting. Her brother Todd Fisher told The New York Daily News that he and Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourd have given Disney and Lucasfilm permission to use recent footage of Carrie Fisher in Star Wars: Episode IX.

My objections are relentlessly practical, however.  Unless they’ve gotten extremely lucky, Disney has a bunch of footage that needs to have the rest of the movie written around it, as it were.  Maybe they’ll only have to write around it a little.  Maybe they’ll have to write around it a lot.  No matter what, it gives off the feel of a gimmick — and that will make the movie just a little less watchable.  Sometimes you need the gimmick anyway (the CGI character resurrections in Rogue One spring to mind). And sometimes you do not.  I think that this might be a ‘not.’

4 Comments

  • Aetius451AD says:

    As much as I would have loved to see new John Wayne movies- John Wayne passed away (and in the back of my head I hear Denis Leary: “John Wayne’s not dead! He’s frozen!”)

    This is something the society needs to get down: People die. This is a small manifestation of a larger problem. Our society both revels in and is completely un-accepting of death. You don’t get to ignore it, and you do not get to put people in your movies after they have died. Unless, as Moe says they have shot enough footage to work around it. Peter Cushing is bad enough, this is just ghoulish.

  • JustDave says:

    Yeah, the Leah ghola in Rogue One really didn’t work for me. Ironically I didn’t have any issues with the G.M. Tarkin. I supposed it helped a lot that Tarkin was shown in shadows and (if I remember right) never close up. CGI seems to be slowly clawing its way out of the uncanny valley, but they’re not totally there just yet.

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    As for how they’re going to get Leah into any to-be-filmed movies… yeah, I’ve got a bad feeling about that.

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