by Graham Pierrepoint
It has been over a year since actor and script editor extraordinaire Carrie Fisher passed away – and with her, an amazing career that stretches far beyond her work on Star Wars that she was perhaps best known for. Fisher had in fact finished filming her parts for the most recent Star Wars adventure – The Last Jedi – before her untimely passing, though quite where the saga will stand with regard to her character’s role in future instalments remains up for discussion. It’s widely thought that the next movie, Episode IX, will pay tribute to Fisher’s Leia Organa in some form or other – and that her character may effectively be retired as a mark of respect.
This, however, hasn’t stopped rumors and speculation from rising up. Some were quick to worry that the movie may introduce a CG version of Leia into the mix, effectively allowing Fisher to be completely recreated for the film in a digital sense – while some found this slightly distasteful, the franchise does have history of having put this technology to use. Peter Cushing, who portrayed Grand Moff Tarkin in the original Star Wars saga, had long since passed away by the time Rogue One was released in 2016 – and, instead, actor Guy Henry stepped into his shoes to perform the role – while Cushing’s features were effectively laid over the top of his performance. Can the same occur for Princess Leia?
Others on the internet have other ideas, and no one official has stepped in to offer denials of any kind at the time of writing – as MovieWeb speculates that it could be time for a new actor to step in and bring Leia back for one final performance. Petitions, reportedly, are being mounted to usher Meryl Streep into the role, though whether this will come to pass – and whether or not it will sit comfortably with the majority of viewers – is a matter which is firmly up for debate. Streep is by all means an incredible talent and one which deserves to take on such roles – but Fisher’s place in cinema history, in this role and in many, many others – is certainly iconic – can such action be carried out in the best possible taste?
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The Princess Leia conundrum is one which will not be solved until Episode IX faces release – meaning we may not get the answers we’re looking for until 2019.