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01.13.2017

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Earlier today (see below) we reported that Carrie Fisher's likeness as Princess/General Leia could be recreated as it was for ROGUE ONE in future Star Wars films, based on a BBC Newsnight piece that suggested that was the intent. In an unusual move, the official Star Wars site has issued a press release, stating the contrary, which should put those rumors to rest...for now. Below is the full 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.

Guess we can leave that as the final word, seeing as where it originates, but I'm still a bit skeptical that it works out exactly that way in the long run. I guess we'll find out as the Star Wars saga continues... - PS

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There's been a lot of speculation regarding Princess Leia's role in STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII and IX, and the following bit of news may point is in the direction that Lucasfilm is headed. BBC Newsnight recently did a piece about the use of CG to depict humans in live-action films. Some of the focus was, rightfully, on ROGUE ONE's use of Peter Cushing and Carrie Fisher. During the show it was announced that Lucasfilm was meeting with the Carrie Fisher estate regarding the use of her likeness in upcoming Star Wars installments. The video itself is only available in the U.K., but MovieWeb transcribed the following quote:

And if 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...

If we look at this plainly, it seems as if Lucasfilm might pull a ROGUE ONE and give us a digital Leia in Episode IX and possibly VIII, when needed. However, I don't think they're going to go that route. This is purely speculation on my part, but I'm guessing that Lucasfilm wants to cover their bases and if any re-writes involve the character, they want to have some options to work with. Here's hoping those options don't include a ridiculous CG mock-up.

STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII will open in theaters on December 15, 2017.

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8:05PM on 01/13/2017

She dies in Ep8, Snoke shows his true power and force chokes an entire planet

He is a walking Death Star!
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6:53PM on 01/13/2017
I say make her a Force-ghost, somehow to me that would be a little less weird than trying to make it seem like she is on film in the flesh.
I say make her a Force-ghost, somehow to me that would be a little less weird than trying to make it seem like she is on film in the flesh.
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6:00PM on 01/13/2017
no matter how respectful Disney is acquiring the likeness rights its going to piss someone off.the timing may not be right but whats Disney going to do cancel episode 9? or postpone it 2 years? that's not going to happen the movies currently in pre production getting ready to start shooting they need to figure it out
no matter how respectful Disney is acquiring the likeness rights its going to piss someone off.the timing may not be right but whats Disney going to do cancel episode 9? or postpone it 2 years? that's not going to happen the movies currently in pre production getting ready to start shooting they need to figure it out
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4:48PM on 01/13/2017
You obviously want to see her in future movies, but there is something uncomfortable about it. It will be interesting to see if this becomes more of a trend even outside of actors that have passed away.
You obviously want to see her in future movies, but there is something uncomfortable about it. It will be interesting to see if this becomes more of a trend even outside of actors that have passed away.
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4:54PM on 01/13/2017
I really don't. She has her moment in Episode VIII and then write her out between movies, It would make a great opening crawl 'as the Resistance is still reeling from the destruction wrought by Starkiller Base, their beloved leader Princess Leia has been killed during an ambush by the First Order. Admiral Ackbar has assumed command reluctantly as he tries to hold the coalition together..." or some such. just an idea.
I really don't. She has her moment in Episode VIII and then write her out between movies, It would make a great opening crawl 'as the Resistance is still reeling from the destruction wrought by Starkiller Base, their beloved leader Princess Leia has been killed during an ambush by the First Order. Admiral Ackbar has assumed command reluctantly as he tries to hold the coalition together..." or some such. just an idea.
3:50PM on 01/13/2017
I have no reservations about this that don't echo some of the concerns I have held privately about this franchise going forward. Namely, as they continue to make Star Wars movies, actors will die. Star Wars is the highest-grossing franchise in history, so expect off-shoots and new trilogies to continue. We've already lost David Prowse and Kenny Baker, and those are arguably the least critical actors to lose because they didn't have any lines. Remember some day Anthony Daniels will pass on, and
I have no reservations about this that don't echo some of the concerns I have held privately about this franchise going forward. Namely, as they continue to make Star Wars movies, actors will die. Star Wars is the highest-grossing franchise in history, so expect off-shoots and new trilogies to continue. We've already lost David Prowse and Kenny Baker, and those are arguably the least critical actors to lose because they didn't have any lines. Remember some day Anthony Daniels will pass on, and we won't have C-3PO's iconic banter. And if they ever want to do another movie with Darth Vader or Yoda, James Earl Jones and Frank Oz won't be around forever. I liked how they resurrected Governor Tarkin and young Leia. Star Wars is bigger than the people who play in it, so while I might not be so thrilled for, say, bringign back a young Harrison Ford digitally to play Indiana Jones, if the story calls for it, I don't object to digital Leia.
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4:02PM on 01/13/2017
Ummmm David Prowse is still alive. Lucas films just treats him as if he were dead. I highly recommend the documentary "I am Your Father". It gives an interesting look into how poorly Prowse has been treated by Lucas Films.
Ummmm David Prowse is still alive. Lucas films just treats him as if he were dead. I highly recommend the documentary "I am Your Father". It gives an interesting look into how poorly Prowse has been treated by Lucas Films.
3:20PM on 01/13/2017

They have til 2019 to fix the technology...

I have no moral or ethical issue with this process. My problem lies solely in the current state of the technology. My biggest issue with Rogue One, which I loved by the way, was with Tarkik character because he looked fake. Every time he was on screen, it was distracting. Maybe if they do some trickery, use darker lighting, and not always show her full face in the frame, it can work better. I'd rather they do this than change the story. Just hoping they learn from Rogue One and improve.
I have no moral or ethical issue with this process. My problem lies solely in the current state of the technology. My biggest issue with Rogue One, which I loved by the way, was with Tarkik character because he looked fake. Every time he was on screen, it was distracting. Maybe if they do some trickery, use darker lighting, and not always show her full face in the frame, it can work better. I'd rather they do this than change the story. Just hoping they learn from Rogue One and improve.
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3:06PM on 01/13/2017
There is no good solution. The choices are to change the story, recast, or use CGI. I think changing the story is the worst possible outcome. If Leia plays a big role in VIII, and suddenly disappears in IX, it's going to be incredibly jarring. I want them to film the story they set out to tell, and not compromise it in any way. The show must go on.

I think both recasting and using CGI will be equally distracting. My expectation is that by the time they make IX, the CGI will be better
There is no good solution. The choices are to change the story, recast, or use CGI. I think changing the story is the worst possible outcome. If Leia plays a big role in VIII, and suddenly disappears in IX, it's going to be incredibly jarring. I want them to film the story they set out to tell, and not compromise it in any way. The show must go on.

I think both recasting and using CGI will be equally distracting. My expectation is that by the time they make IX, the CGI will be better than it was in Rogue One, but probably still won't be 100% there yet. I would suppose they have to recast no matter what, either to play the role as-is, or to do motion capture and voice. Who they cast will probably be the most important factor on how well this will work. Simply recasting without using CGI it probably the most practical option. If they want to give CGI a shot, and the estate is ok with it, I'd still be skeptical, but I wouldn't find it offensive. At least they have some time to figure this out.
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2:58PM on 01/13/2017

Go for it

I'm sure some people will say it's disrespectful. Why exactly? It'll be 3 years before episode IX, that's enough time to have passed. If done right, it would be an honor.
I'm sure some people will say it's disrespectful. Why exactly? It'll be 3 years before episode IX, that's enough time to have passed. If done right, it would be an honor.
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2:49PM on 01/13/2017
This could work really well. Frankly, I thought the CGI Leia in Rogue One was really great work. Not sure where all the negative criticism of that comes from. I get the Tarkin criticism, the CGI was a little touch-and-go throughout the movie. But if using her likeness for CGI is a necessary requirement for Ep. 9, then I'm sure Lucasfilm will have the forethought to spend money to perfect the CGI in post given the previous criticism from Rogue One.
This could work really well. Frankly, I thought the CGI Leia in Rogue One was really great work. Not sure where all the negative criticism of that comes from. I get the Tarkin criticism, the CGI was a little touch-and-go throughout the movie. But if using her likeness for CGI is a necessary requirement for Ep. 9, then I'm sure Lucasfilm will have the forethought to spend money to perfect the CGI in post given the previous criticism from Rogue One.
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