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.’
(Via Nerdbastards) This seems fairly straightforward:
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.
Carrie Fisher was, is, and always will be a part of the Lucasfilm family. 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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…and you can’t help but think that, yeah, this is exactly what Carrie Fisher would have wanted to have happen. She was always pretty forthright about her mental illness issues; and, of course, she actually apparently HAD a giant Prozac pill around the house in the first place. It seems pretty… inevitable, really.
PS: In case you hadn’t heard, Carrie Fisher passed away last year. She died as she always knew she would be: drowned in moonlight, and strangled by her own bra.
I will miss Carrie Fisher, of course. But I will miss Richard Adams just as much. Watership Down was more or less perfect.
As I understand it, she’s in stable condition – but her poor family must still be absolutely frantic right now. It’s a hard thing to have something like this happen at Christmas. Well, hard all the time, but it feels worse at this time of year.
My prayers and good wishes for Carrie Fisher and her loved ones.
It’s… not bad.
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