Carrie Fisher's brother Todd Fisher has told the New York Daily News that Disney are planning to use "recent footage" of the late Carrie Fisher to bring Leia to the screen for Episode IX...
Disney and Lucasfilm Ltd took the extraordinary step of making a statement just after Carrie Fisher's passing in December, to reassure fans that there were no plans to use the digital technology, used to bring Peter Cushing's Governor Tarkin backup the screen for Rogue One, to recreate Leia for the next Skywalker Saga movie, due in theatres May 2019. It would appear that this is still the official position on the matter.
Todd told New York Daily News -
Todd went on to comment that Carrie was as much a part of Star Wars as any other aspect, and I'm inclined to agree with him. Personally it's a huge relief that the family have supported Lucasfilm's desire to include the Leia we all know and love. We just now have to wait and see if the filmmakers can pull it off.
The term "recent footage" suggest that the plan is to go in and use alternate takes and deleted scenes from The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, to piece together a performance worthy of both Leia the character and Carrie the performer. I can't imagine a way that can be done without at least a little manipulation, digital or otherwise, but I trust the creators to be respectful, and that the family will be signing off on any decisions relating to the use of Carrie Fisher's likeness.
Head over to the New York Daily News for the full report, and some comments from Todd Fisher on some future projects.
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