Actress Carrie Fisher passed away long before filming began on Star Wars Episode IX, a film in which she was contracted to appear in her iconic role as Princess Leia. Fans have wondered if Fisher would still make an appearance in the film and if so, how?
Carrie Fisher had a long and successful career as an author and scriptwriter. However, few people think of that career when her name comes up.
Instead, almost everyone thinks of the character she first began to play in the 1970s in the first Star Wars movie, Princess Leia. Fisher appeared in only a few films, after the original three Star Wars movies.
When Disney purchased the rights to the franchise and announced that it would make new films a few years ago, Fisher agreed to play the same role in three of the new movies. She passed away after the second of those movies was filmed and before filming on the third began.
Many of her fans have wondered if she would somehow be used in the third film despite her passing.
The Daily Mail reports that she will appear in the third film. The article is titled "Carrie Fisher's brother confirms Princess Leia WILL appear in Star Wars Episode IX...which will be released three years after her death."
Many people believed that if Fisher were to make an appearance in the film, it might be through computer animation. However, that will not happen.
Fisher's brother and her daughter have agreed to allow Disney to use footage in the third film of Fisher that was previously shot. The footage will presumably be edited in a way that makes it appear that it was always shot for the film.
This is one of the things that celebrity estates often have to deal with. How the celebrity's image can be used post-death, is a complicated issue that requires competent estate planning and estate administration.
Reference: Daily Mail (April 7, 2017) "Carrie Fisher's brother confirms Princess Leia WILL appear in Star Wars Episode IX...which will be released three years after her death."