When we lost Carrie Fisher last December, we lost an inspiration; a mental health advocate, a strong female role model, and an expert in emoji speak, if her twitter was anything to go by. But we have not yet lost Princess Leia, as Bob Iger assures us that Fisher’s role in Star Wars: The Last Jedi will go unchanged.
The Disney CEO recently discussed the issue of overcoming the tragic loss behind the scenes of the upcoming addition to the Star Wars franchise, due for release this December. Fans have speculated whether changes would be made to Star Wars IIX in order to reduce Fisher’s role, but Iger has stated this won’t be necessary: ‘What I can say about that is she is in 8 and we’re not changing 8 to deal with her passing. So her performance, which we’re really pleased with, remains as it was in 8.’
After a stunning digital likeness of young Fisher appeared in Rogue One, fans hoped, or feared, that this would be the solution for future installations of the franchise. But Iger has said: ‘We’re not doing that with Carrie.’
He seems to be holding the same opinion as Lucasfilm, who made a statement two months ago. assuring fans that they have, ‘No plans to digitally recreate Carrie Fisher’s performance as Princess or General Leia Organa. Carrie Fisher… was our princess, our general, and more importantly, our friend…’ He added, ‘We cherish her memory and legacy as Princess Leia, and will always strive to honor everything she gave to Star Wars.’
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is released in the UK on 15th December. Check out everything we know about the film so far below: