Disney has apparently come up with a way to keep Princess Leia and Carrie Fisher in the “Star Wars” franchise even though the actress died in December.
The New York Post’s Page Six reports that the studio is in talks with Fisher’s estate to hammer out an agreement for her continued appearances.
“The company has been negotiating with the actress’ camp recently in the apparent attempt to digitally replicate the character’s likeness, according to BBC Newsnight,” The Post reports. “While the British outlet notes the possibility of Walt Disney Pictures using VFX to resurrect Leia in future films — like they did with her and Peter Cushing in ‘Rogue One’ — it’s unclear whether this is their ultimate goal. Executives could just be trying to get Fisher’s estate to sign off on using her likeness to sell merchandise, rather than movie tickets.”
The report quotes BBC reporter Kirsty Wark saying: “If Disney gets the go-ahead, Carrie Fisher will join Peter Cushing, who, last month, fifteen years after his death, played a key role in ‘Rogue One’ as Grand Moff Tarkin. With computers, anything is possible, but is it desirable?”
The Post notes that “Rogue One” used a combination of live action and digital effects to portray Cushing on the screen along with a 19-year-old Fisher as Leia.
“Lucasfilm reportedly had to obtain permission from Cushing’s estate to digitally re-create his iconic character,” The Post reports. “It’s a move that has since been met with controversy, with some saying it is extremely immoral to bring back dead movie stars.”
Fisher will be featured in the next “Star Wars” movie, having reportedly completed filming on “Episode VIII” before she died.