In the wake of Carrie Fisher’s tragic passing over Christmas last year, speculation began as to whether her performance in Star Wars: The Last Jedi would have to be altered in anyway. Coming off the heels of Rogue One’s CG version of Fisher, it was only natural to assume that Disney might use the same technology in The Last Jedi.
According to Disney CEO Bob Iger, the performance Carrie Fisher gave will be the one we see in Episode VIII. No CGI, no stand-ins of any kind. Iger was interviewed by his wife Willow Bay, Dean of USC Annenberg School of Comunication and Journalism, earlier this week about the future of Star Wars, and here’s what he had to say on the subject of Carrie Fisher:
We had to deal with tragedy at the end of 2016. Carrie appears throughout VIII. We are not changing VIII to deal with her passing. Her performance remains as it is in VIII. In Rogue One, we had some digital character. We are not doing that with Carrie.
So there you have it: no one will be messing with Carrie Fisher’s final performance as General Leia in anyway. Unfortunately, it remains unclear how Disney will handle things with Episode IX, which is expected to start production later this year, but that’s a concern for another day.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter