The Force is weak with the rumor mill.
After much speculation swirling around the fate of General Leia Organa – following the untimely tragic death of Carrie Fisher, and the Star Wars creative team meeting to determine how to move forward – Lucasfilm felt compelled to release the following statement:
- “We don’t normally respond to fan or press speculation, but there is a rumor circulating that we would like to address. We want to assure our fans that Lucasfilm has no plans to digitally recreate Carrie Fisher’s performance 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 honor everything she gave to Star Wars.”
Both the speculation and response are understandable, particularly in the wake of the extended and controversial digital performance of Grand Moff Tarkin created through CGI to clone the appearance of late actor Peter Cushing. Feelings are mixed about what should be done now regarding General Leia, as my own poll suggests.
Still, while this statement is no doubt sincere, the wording specifically speaks to the current state of affairs. Lucasfilm “has no plans” is obviously true, but it remains to be seen if those plans will change.