The late Carrie Fisher will appear in Star Wars: Episode IX, the third and final film of the new Star Wars trilogy, her brother Todd Fisher confirmed.
Carrie Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourd and Todd Fisher have granted Disney the requisite rights to use recent footage of the actress for the finale. An extensive CGI recreation will not be used. Fisher is understood to have completed filming for Star Wars: The Last Jedi (episode 8), with extra footage from that filming likely to make up the bulk of her appearance in Episode 9.
However, given that Fisher’s character General Leia was set to play a larger role in Episode 9, it remains to be seen whether there’s enough footage to complete the film as planned without CGI, or whether there will be rewrites.
“She is as much a part of [Star Wars] as anything, and I think her presence now is even more powerful than it was, Todd Fisher told the New York Daily News. “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.”
Speculation about Carrie Fisher’s role in Star Wars: Episode IX—which is due for release in 2019—ran rife after franchise owners Disney confirmed that it would not use CGI to bring her back in the same way it did Peter Cushing’s Grand Moff Tarkin in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Given the questionable results in Rogue One—not to mention the ethical questions resurrecting a character via CGI raises—it’s reassuring to see Disney is keeping its word.
This post originated on Ars Technica UK
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