Carrie Fisher is one of the most iconic actors of the 'Star Wars' franchise, so how are they going to keep it together without her being among the living?
When Fisher died, many fans were worried that they would try to CGI recreate Carrie's image for the film, just as they did with Tarkin, who was originally played by Peter Cushing, in 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.' This is officially not the case, according to J.J. Abrams and Todd Fisher.
Carrie's Brother approved the appearance of Fisher in 'Star Wars Episode IX,' and released a statement that is quoted from Variety as follows:
“I couldn’t be more personally thrilled and happy that our Carrie will reprise her role as Princess Leia in the new and final ‘Star Wars Episode IX,’ using previously unreleased footage of her shot for ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens.'”
“As we, her family, as well as her extended family of fans around the world so believe, Carrie’s ‘Princess Leia’ is forever entrenched in the franchise and her indelible presence is fundamental to the film. J.J. Abrams understood Carrie’s iconic role, and he has masterfully re-crafted this final entry to include this unused and very last footage of Carrie ever taken, without resorting to CGI or animatronics. Our family and her fans will look forward with great anticipation for this one!”
J.J. Abrams also spoke on the decision, saying that “Finding a truly satisfying conclusion to the Skywalker saga without her eluded us. We were never going to recast, or use a CG character. With the support and blessing from her daughter, Billie, we have found a way to honor Carrie’s legacy and role as Leia in Episode IX by using unseen footage we shot together in Episode VII.”
As the film is ramping up in the news, Mark Hamill took to Twitter to express his love for Carrie, and how looking down the path of this final chapter of the films has him in his feelings.
It's bittersweet facing my final chapter without her-She is simply irreplaceable. I'm finding solace in the fact that she won't BE replaced & would love the worldwide outpouring of affection from those who loved her when they heard the news. #CarrieOnForever
Billboard reports that Hamill will be reprising his role as Luke one last time (as a force ghost), and Billy Dee Williams is set to return as Lando Calrissian.