If you haven’t seen Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, you may want to skip over this article first. You have been warned.
As you may know, Carrie Fisher, the actor who plays Princess turned General — Leia Organa — in the Star Wars films passed away before the New Year; a big blow to Star Wars fans all over the globe. After the initial shock and grief, her passing also left a lot of questions as to the future of the franchise. Fisher had finished work on the next installment of the franchise, but it was rumored that General Organa will play a huge part in the happenings of Episode IX.
If you’ve made it to this part of the article, we can safely assume you’ve seen Rogue One or shrugged off our spoiler alert at the beginning of the article. Let’s proceed, shall we?
Peter Cushing, the actor who plays Grand Moff Tarkin, died in 1994, but his likeness was digitally added to the recently released Rogue One movie. While Industrial Lights and Magic definitely did a great job with the CGI, this raised a lot of concerns for both fans of the series and industry insiders. We also saw a young Carrie Fisher in Rogue One, as we first saw Princess Leia in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, and this sparked talks about using CGI for Episode IX; prompting Lucasfilm to release this statement:
Lucasfilm has no plans to digitally recreate Carrie Fisher’s performance as Princess or General Leia Organa.
Personally, I am a little relieved that Lucasfilm released this statement and is choosing to honor the memory of Carrie Fisher. As a Star Wars fan though, I can’t help but wonder what the team at Lucasfilm will whip up in what is supposed to be the very last trilogy in the Star Wars franchise. We’re still a long way off to the release of Episode IX, so we’re all going to have to wait patiently.