SPOILER WARNING: This article contains spoilers for "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story."
Lucasfilm wants to make it clear: The company has "no plans" to revisit Carrie Fisher's performance as Leia Organa through digital recreation.
The production company issued a statement on StarWars.com Friday afternoon, following an earlier report from BBC's "Newsnight" that Lucasfilm parent company Disney was negotiating with Carrie Fisher's estate for "her continued appearance in the franchise." Though no details were offered on the nature of the negotiations (if it were for something relatively commonplace like merchandise, or more), observers quickly speculated that it could mean something similar to Grand Moff Tarkin's appearance in the recently released "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" -- where the character was played by actor Guy Henry, with the digital likeness of late actor Peter Cushing superimposed. Additionally, a digitally created version of Fisher's Leia, meant to mirror her appearance in 1977's "Star Wars: A New Hope," appears at the very end of "Rogue One."
This digital experimentation apparently won't extend to digitally recreating General Leia for "Star Wars: Episode IX" or other films, though. Lucasfilm's statement puts it plainly: "We want to assure our fans that Lucasfilm has no plans to digitally recreate Carrie Fisher’s performance as Princess or General Leia Organa."
Fisher passed away on Dec. 27. She finished filming "Star Wars: Episode VIII," scheduled for release on Dec. 15 of this year, before her death, but it's not yet known how her role will be addressed in "Episode IX."
Lucasfilm's full statement follows below:
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.