You won't be able to see Carrie Fisher in new Star Wars movies after this year. The rumors about the star being digitally recreated had become so prevalent that Lucasfilm made an official statement on the topic on Friday on StarWars.com.
"We don’t normally respond to fan or press speculation, but there is a rumor circulating that we would like to address," the statement reads. "We want to assure our fans that Lucasfilm has no plans to digitally recreate Carrie Fisher’s performance as Princess or General Leia Organa."
The technology has already been used to recreate young Princess Leia for the latest film, Rogue One, and Grand Moff Tarkin, played by the late Peter Cushing, who died in 1994. Digital recreation is most easily done when an actor is still alive, as was the case with Fisher's character in Rogue One, and is limited to less detailed shots that don't closely show the character's face when created without a living character to work from, according to EW.
Lucasfilm's decision to recreate Peter Cushing posthumously in several movies indicates that it's something the film production company had no moral issues with previously. Perhaps with Fisher, whose death has been deeply mourned since she passed away one day before her mother, Debbie Reynolds, in late December, it feels like a more sensitive case. While some fans might clamor for any continuation of the Star Wars franchise they know and love, Lucasfilm has decided they'd rather not play God and resurrect Leia, which would have likely placated some fans while deeply upsetting others.
That being said, the writers will now either have to recast the role (which you can be sure will have diehard fans up in arms no matter who they pick) or write Leia out of the scripts. EW also reported that while Fisher has already filmed her parts for Episode XIII, slated to come out later this year, some changes will have to be made to the Episode IX script because of Fisher's death.
"Carrie Fisher was, is, and always will be a part of the Lucasfilm family," Lucasfilm closed their statement. "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."