Saturday, May 18, 2024

“Star Wars” Producers: “No Plans to Digitally Recreate Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia”


The producers of “Star Wars” issued a statement today regarding a stupid rumor started in a British tabloid that they would digitally re-create Carrie Fisher’s Princess Leia in Chapter 9, the unfilmed and planned last “Star Wars” movie. The UK paper said Fisher’s heirs were “negotiating with the producers.” More fake news. Unbelievable.

Here’s the statement:

We don’t normally respond to fan or press speculation, but there is a rumor circulating that we would like to address. We want to assure our fans that Lucasfilm has no plans to digitally recreate Carrie Fisher’s performance as Princess or General Leia Organa.

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.

The fact is, with Carrie’s death, so too will come the end of Princess/General Leia. No one wants to see the show go on without Carrie. Whether a happy ending, or a death, the character will end in Chapter 8. Han Solo is gone, and so, too, Leia.

I wish I could write for one of those British tabs and just make stuff up. So much fun! How do their writers feel to create garbage that is immediately refuted? Not very fulfilling, is it?

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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