When Carrie Fisher passed away unexpectedly several weeks ago, with the grief, came the question of how her passing would impact not just Leia’s narrative, but the overall narrative of the next two Star Wars movies.
Yesterday, Disney announced that the production team would not be using CGI to re-create Carrie Fisher’s performance as Leia.
As sad as I am that CGI will not be used to keep Leia in the series, I have to agree with the decision. CGI, if not done well, can feel inorganic and forced. While the CGI used to re-create the performances of Carrie Fisher and Peter Cushing worked in Rogue One, it wouldn’t feel right in episodes 8 & 9.
With just under a year until episode 8 hits theaters, I wouldn’t be surprised if the movie was re-shot with an alternative narrative that reflected the fact that Carrie Fisher is no longer with us. I also will not be surprised if more than a few fans (myself included) will be bringing a box of Kleenex with them to when episode 8 hits theaters in December.
RIP Carrie, you are missed by many. Z”l.