Carrie Fisher’s Likeness Won’t Be Used In Future Star Wars Films

Carrie Fisher’s Likeness Won’t Be Used In Future Star Wars Films

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.


  • That’s a shame. I know its expensive and fraught with risk, with Leia is such a powerful character that losing her prematurely in the arc is a disservice i think.

  • I would have been happy with a brief CGI cameo in episode 9, even as a hologram.

    Who knows how they’ll handle it now, maybe she’ll have an off-screen death between episodes and Episode 9 will begin with her funeral.

    • Yeah, I reckon she’ll be killed off between episodes too. Apparently production was meant to start in April, but now they’ll have to delay it due to a script rewrite. I don’t think we’ll get to see episode IX until at least December 2019, instead of the planned May.

  • Maybe they’ll just use a stand in and only shoot her from the back.

    I guess one precedent would be Plan 9 From Outer Space. Bela Lugosi died before it was finished so Ed Wood hired his wife’s chiropractor to stand in for him and he spent all his scenes holding his cape across his face.

  • Anyone who wants to know incidentally…

    During Episode VIII, Leias ship is attacked by the First Order, she goes into a coma, this has been spotted onset by Carrie being on a hospital bed in scenes filming.

    I’m now guessing this will be retooled with reshoots this year to change the direction of the trilogy… 🙁

  • Well now that Han is no longer in the storyline (incase people haven’t seen it), and the ‘average’ CGI Leia they used in Rogue one … this can work.

  • Haven’t seen Rogue One, but it’s inevitable that other CGI likenesses will be used in whatever other ‘interstitial’ movies they release, surely.

    It’s a macabre subject but this was common sense on behalf of Lucasfilm, any ‘good on you’s sent their way is missing the point.

    Tom Hanks springs to mind as someone who actually railed against this practice in the 90s. Performers and the roles they play will gradually lose value in the eyes of the audience, so the business will have to adapt.

    • Well a digital Leia appears in Rogue One and it’s enough for me to say the tech isn’t up to the task yet.

  • Give it a year and Disney will be doing anything they want. Never let the death of another human get in the way of truckloads of cash.

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