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No plans to digitize Fisher in future 'Star Wars' films

11 months 1 day 20 hours ago Saturday, January 14 2017 Jan 14, 2017 January 14, 2017 4:29 PM January 14, 2017 in News
Source: Associated Press

LOS ANGELES - Lucasfilm, the company behind "Star Wars," says there are no plans to digitally recreate the late Carrie Fisher to play Princess Leia in future episodes of the movie saga.

The Disney-owned Lucasfilm made the rare foray into the world of "Star Wars" speculation Friday night by issuing a statement denying rumors there were plans to digitize Fisher, who died Dec. 27.

Fisher, who reprised her role as Leia in 2015's "Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens," had finished shooting "Star Wars: Episode VIII," due out next December, when she died.

But she had also been slated to appear in "Episode IX," scheduled for release in 2019. That film is still being scripted, and the writers are deciding how to deal with Fisher's death. "

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