Carrie Fisher was an iconic part of the Star Wars franchise as Princess Leia and General Organa. Not only had Fisher immortalize her character, she remains an ever-present impact on the series. She and her character alike have touched fans across generations, giving us hope, love, everything, and more, and her absence has been a noticeable cloud over many of us.
Due to her influence on so many people, it is not too surprising the Disney and Lucasfilms may want to keep both Fisher and Organa in Star Wars. From her beginning roles in the first triology emerging as the emotional support while maintaining a confident and smart-mouthed heroine, she then appeared in The Force Awakens, still maintaining her hopeful aura and commanding presence.
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi did also shoot many scenes with Carrie Fisher prior to her passing, so fans are expected to see General Organa in the future. However, the question remains for Episode IX. It is hard, or even impossible, to imagine the franchise without Organa or Fisher, so what will be done?
Lucasfilms had stated earlier on that they will not be digitizing Fisher or her character. However, today it was announced that Fisher’s brother, Todd, and her daughter Billie Lourd, have given Disney permission to use Carrie Fisher’s likeness for Episode IX, understanding just how significant both the actress and character are to the series. In an interview with the New York Daily News, the family stated:
“Both of us were like, ‘Yes, how do you take her out of it?’ And the answer is you don’t…She’s as much a part of it as anything and I think her presence now is even more powerful than it was, like Obi Wan – when the saber cuts him down he becomes more powerful…I feel like that’s what’s happened with Carrie. I think the legacy should continue.”
Even with the permission, Disney and Lucasfilm promise not to animate a version of the character that would interact with the live ones. Instead, they will be using cut scenes from The Last Jedi to bring Fisher back to the screen one last time and give our beloved Leia and Fisher a proper Star Wars send-off.
Source: New York Daily News