When Carrie Fisher passed away in the waning days of 2016, Star Wars fans everywhere mourned the loss of their beloved Princess Leia. Along with fond memories and touching tributes, the conversations quickly turned into a question of how Disney and Lucasfilm would address her death now that Star Wars films are being regularly made again.
Fisher reprised her role of Leia in 2015’s Episode XII: The Force Awakens and will return in 2017’s Episode XIII, having already filmed most of her scenes before she passed. Additionally, a young Fisher was digitally created for the ending of Rogue One, the first spinoff. However, a report from Newsnight claims that the studio(s) are still negotiated with Fisher’s estate over the continued use of her character.
Carrie Fisher died less than a fortnight ago, but in the minds of Disney movie moguls and Star Wars fans, she’s very much alive. And with what might be regarded as unseemly haste, Disney is negotiating with the actor’s estate over her continued appearance in the franchise. If Disney gets the go-ahead, Carrie Fisher will join Peter Cushing, who, last month, fifteen years after his death, played a key role in Rogue One as Grand Moff Tarkin. With computers, anything is possible, but is it desirable? While some living actors are contracting over the use of their image when they die, others, like Robin Williams, who killed himself in 2014, explicitly banned the commercial use of his image until 2039. [Transcribed by Gizmodo]
We’ve already talked about the different possibilities for Princess Leia as a character moving forward, but it sounds like Disney/Lucasfilm are still trying to figure out to handle the real-life death of an actress who played one of their most iconic characters.