Despite earlier reports that Disney was negotiating with Carrie Fisher’s estate to use her likeness, Disney has come out this morning and confirmed that the late actress will not be appearing in future films.
In a short post on the Star Wars website, Disney wrote that “we don’t normally respond to fan or press speculation” but that they wanted to reassure fans that Carrie Fisher’s digital likeness would not be used “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 honour everything she gave to Star Wars.”
Fisher’s work on the next numbered Star Wars film was already complete, so we’ll see her performance in that when it hits cinemas around December this year. That will be the end of Fisher’s contributions to the Star Wars universe sadly, or at least for the forseeable future.