Carrie Fisher, who was known worldwide as Princess Leia in the Star Wars saga passed away on the morning of December 27, 2016.
Most of the time, large companies don’t take the time to directly address fan speculation regarding their movie or TV properties. However, just before this past weekend, Lucasfilm took a moment to set the record straight regarding the potential use of CG to recreate Carrie Fisher’s performance for future Star Wars projects.
“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.”
According to various reports, Fisher has already finished filming her role for the upcoming Star Wars Episode VIII, due out at the end of the year on December 15, 2017, and with the statement from Lucasfilm, it appears that Episode VIII will be her final appearance.
Original Post 12-27-16: Iconic Star Wars Actress Carrie Fisher Has Died at Age 60
Actress Carrie Fisher, who was 60 years old, passed away earlier today after suffering a heart attack four days ago on a flight from London to Los Angeles. A spokesperson for the family, Simon Hall, confirmed her passing, in a statement, saying “It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning. She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly.”
A Brief Look at Carrie Fisher’s Career
Carrie Fisher made her acting debut in 1975’s Shampoo, opposite Warren Beatty. Two years later, in only her second role, and first starring role, she rose to worldwide fame as Princess Leia, in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, reprising the role in The Empire Strikes Back and The Return of the Jedi, and again for 2015’s The Force Awakens. And though it was her defining role, she acted in numerous other memorable parts, such as the vengeful ex-lover of Jake (John Belushi) in The Blues Brothers, Sally’s (Meg Ryan) best friend Marie in When Harry Met Sally…, and Roy’s (Tom Hanks) wife Carol in Joe Dante’s dark cult comedy classic The ‘Burbs.
In addition to her acting, Fisher also wrote prolifically, including the hit 1987 novel Postcards From the Edge, an only slightly fictionalized story mirroring her own life and experiences dealing with depression and being the daughter of a major Hollywood star. She also wrote the screenplay for the 1990 movie adaptation of Postcards starring Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine (for which Streep landed one of her many Oscar nominations) and served as a script doctor for a variety of movies, from Sister Act to Last Action Hero and The Wedding Singer. She wrote additional novels as well, and a trio of memoirs, Wishful Drinking, Shockaholic and The Princess Diarist.
Deadline is reporting that though Fisher finished filming her part for the upcoming Star Wars Episode VIII, it is not known how her death will affect the role, as she plays a more central part in the eighth episode.
Family and Friends Remember Carrie Fisher
George Lucas: “Carrie and I have been friends most of our adult lives. She was extremely smart; a talented actress, writer, and comedienne with a very colorful personality that everyone loved. In Star Wars she was our great and powerful princess – feisty, wise and full of hope in a role that was more difficult than most people might think. My heart and prayers are with Billie, Debbie, and all Carrie’s family, friends and fans. She will be missed by all.”
Steven Spielberg: “I have always stood in awe of Carrie. Her observations always made me laugh and gasp at the same time. She didn’t need The Force. She was a force of nature, of loyalty and of friendship. I will miss her very much.”
Harrison Ford: “Carrie was one-of-a-kind…brilliant, original. Funny and emotionally fearless. She lived her life, bravely…My thoughts are with her daughter Billie, her Mother Debbie, her brother Todd, and her many friends. We will all miss her.”
Kathleen Kennedy: “Carrie holds such special place in the hearts of everyone at Lucasfilm it is difficult to think of a world without her. She was Princess Leia to the world but a very special friend to all of us. She had an indomitable spirit, incredible wit, and a loving heart. Carrie also defined the female hero of our age over a generation ago. Her groundbreaking role as Princess Leia served as an inspiration of power and confidence for young girls everywhere. We will miss her dearly.”
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) December 27, 2016
— Bad Robot (@bad_robot) December 27, 2016
There are no words for this loss. Carrie was the brightest light in every room she entered. I will miss her dearly. pic.twitter.com/GgIeYGeMt9
— Peter Mayhew (@TheWookieeRoars) December 27, 2016
I am extremely sad to learn of Carrie’s passing. She was wonderful to work with. Condolences to her friends, family & fans around the world. pic.twitter.com/DGRYQYPZgO
— DARTH VADER (@isDARTHVADER) December 27, 2016
I thought I had got what I wanted under the tree. I didn’t. In spite of so many thoughts and prayers from so many. I am very, very sad.
— Anthony Daniels (@ADaniels3PO) December 27, 2016
I’m deeply saddened at the news of Carrie’s passing. She was a dear friend, whom I greatly respected and admired. The force is dark today!
— Billy Dee Williams (@realbdw) December 27, 2016
— Warwick Davis (@WarwickADavis) December 27, 2016
“Our beautiful brilliant funny wise kind and generous Blues Sister -so ironic – Xmas was Carrie’s favorite thing next to babies.”
— Dan Aykroyd (@dan_aykroyd) December 27, 2016
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) December 27, 2016
A countless number of other tributes have flooded social media, from fellow actors, filmmakers, and fans alike, remembering what Fisher meant to them, and how her life inspired theirs. R.I.P. Carrie Fisher.