With the death of Carrie Fisher, the Star Wars universe has lost one of its brightest stars.
In 2015’s Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, Fisher’s character was no longer a princess.
She had become the leader of the Resistance in the fight against the First Order.
And while one of the faces from the original trilogy didn’t make it through Episode VII, General Leia Organa was very much alive and according to Deadline, set for a bigger role in the films to come.
What happens to Stars Wars: Episode VIII and beyond?
Filming for the next Star Wars movie finished in July this year.
Disney and LucasFilm sources have reportedly told Variety that Fisher’s work on the film was finished.
That means Star Wars fans will get to see Fisher in action at least one more time when Episode VIII is released on December 15, 2017.
How her death will be addressed in the film, if her death means the death of Leia Organa and if there are any changes to the overall story arc for future movies is something that’s all up in the air.
It’ll be up to Disney and LucasFilm, and there are a number of options on the table, including recasting the role.
Walker, Ledger both died before final films were released
It’s not the first time an actor has died before their final works were released to the public.
Way back in 1993, Brandon Lee — the son of martial arts legend Bruce Lee — was accidentally shot on the set of The Crow.
Lee died from his injuries, but had completed most of his scenes for the film.
The script was rewritten and CGI was used to impose Lee’s face onto that of his stunt double.
In 2013 Fast and the Furious star Paul Walker died before the release of Furious 7.
His character in the franchise was retired (instead of being killed off), and a new ending was shot using a combination of CGI and his two brothers as stand-ins.
When Heath Ledger died in 2008, production on his final film The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus was halted.
Filmmakers recast Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell in Ledger’s role and tweaked the story to allow the character to change his appearance throughout the movie.
Warning: There are spoilers for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story from here on!
If Disney and LucasFilm do decide to take the digital approach, it wouldn’t be the first time a CGI version of Fisher has graced our screens.
This year’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story featured a CGI version of Princess Leia.
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