Like many of you, we were saddened to hear that Carrie Fisher had unexpectedly passed away, but the news has caused a real problem for Disney bosses with regard to her iconic Star Wars character, Princess Leia.
Star Wars fans were delighted to see Carrie’s character return to the big screen in 2015’s hot movie ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ which brought in over $2 billion at the global box office.
Fisher had finished filming for 2017’s ‘Star Wars Episode VIII,’ but there are questions over how the studio will cover for the 60-year-old actress’ death ahead of 2019’s Episode IX.
Some suggest that a lookalike will be used, while others say the studio may now be forced to give Princess Leia a dramatic on-screen death. Just last January, Star Wars director, Colin Trevorrow revealed how he was looking forward to finding “new places” to take Princess Leia and her on-screen brother Luke Skywalker, played by Mark Hamill. Trevorrow said:
The standalone movie ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ may offer a hint as to how Disney can cover for the tragic loss of Carrie Fisher. This latest movie used a digital recreation of the young Princess Leia while also using CGI technology to bring Death Star Commander grand Moff Tarkin to the screens, despite the death of the original actor, Peter Cushing back in 1994.
However, a 1985 California law means that filmmakers will need to seek the permission of a deceased star’s estate in order to use their image or likeness for up to 70 years after their death.
Whatever Disney choose to do for Episode IX, the solution could prove controversial for Star Wars’ dedicated fanbase…