Disney have denied they are negotiating with Carrie Fisherâs estate for the rights to use the actorâs digital image in future Star Wars film, according to industry sources.
The BBCâs Newsnight programme had reported that, âwith what might be regarded as unseemly haste, Star Wars studio Disney had opened with the actorâs estate over her continued appearance in the franchise.â
Fisherâs likeness as the young Princess Leia in the original 1977 Star Wars was digitally rendered and appeared in the final frames of prequel Rogue One â along with Peter Cushingâs. As filming occurred prior to Fisherâs death, her permission was presumably obtained. However, reports have emerged of discussions between the makers of Episodes VIII and IX, as Leia had been expected to play a significant part in both films. Apart from the technical challenge, a number of ethical considerations emerged in the wake of Cushingâs âresurrectionâ in Rogue One, 22 years after his death.
The BBCâs use of the words âcontinuing appearanceâ suggested the film-makers were considering using Fisherâs digital image in future films, although there are also other ancillary uses, such as video games. Fisher had reportedly completed filming on Episode VIII, directed by Rian Johnson, so any significant digital resurrection would be reserved for Episode IX, which has Jurassic Worldâs Colin Trevorrow on board as director.