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What’s the Future of Princess Leia?

January 7, 2017 | Posted by Steve Gustafson

The world was shocked when Carrie Fisher died on December 27th. A talented actress and author, Fisher’s role as Princess Leia elevated her to iconic status and as Lucasfilm and the Star Wars family continue to mourn, they are starting to consider the future of her beloved character.

The Hollywood Reporter reported has said that Lucasfilm and Disney are putting together a “braintrust’ to figure out how to give Fisher’s General Leia Organa an appropriate send off that will let fans say farewell to the actress.

Many are comparing the situation to the one the Fast and Furious franchise faced when actor Paul Walker passed away halfway through filming Furious 7. In this instance, Fisher had finished filming for Episode VIII, which has a release date that’s just under a year away. Pre-production for Episode IX is thought to be a year away so the studio has time to think it over.

The script is being written by Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly, so little is known what it holds but Trevorrow, who is directing Episode IX, is supposed to arrive in L.A. the week of January 10th for meetings with Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy to discuss options.

THR also revealed details about key scenes that the General Organa was set to be in:

“…insiders tell The Hollywood Reporter that at least two key scenes are planned for Episode VIII (Dec. 15) and Episode IX (2019): a Leia reunion with Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and a confrontation with Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), her son who killed Harrison Ford’s Han Solo in 2015’s The Force Awakens.

Of course talk has turned to using CGI to bring back Leia to the big screen. From THR:

“I have no doubt, given some of the recent work I’ve seen, there are filmmakers who will be willing to take up the challenge,” says Michael Fink, an Oscar-winning VFX supervisor who teaches at USC. But, “so far, we have seen moments of success but not full performances.” He says there’s also ethics to weigh: “Should we create additional roles for Princess Leia? I don’t think so.”

Disney and Lucasfilm are in a delicate situation and I’ve already seen my social media filled with arguments across the board on how to handle it. How do you think we should get to say goodbye to Princess Leia?