Lucasfilm have confirmed that they will not create a CGI version of Carrie Fisher for either Star Wars 8 or Star Wars 9 in the wake of the actress’ death last month.
Rumours about Leia making a CGI appearance in the future, in the style of (ROGUE ONE SPOILERS) a New Hope-era Leia and Grand Moff Tarkin in Star Wars: Rogue One, forced Lucasfilm to respond.
The company stated on the official Star Wars website, “[T]here is a rumour we would like to address,” with Lucasfilm going on to confirm, “We want to assure our fans that Lucasfilm has no plans to digitally recreate Carrie Fisher’s performance as Princess or General Leia Organa.”
There had been reports that Disney had met with Carrie Fisher’s estate recently over future appearances but, clearly, have decided to respect the wishes of her family.
Lucasfilm ended with a statement that summed up Carrie Fisher’s legacy on not only Star Wars but as an icon, too: “Carrie Fisher was, is, and always will be a part of the Lucasfilm family. She was our princess, our general, and more importantly, our friend. We are still hurting from her loss. We cherish her memory and legacy as Princess Leia, and will always strive to honor everything she gave to Star Wars.”