The death of Carrie Fisher was not only painful and regretful for her family and fans but is also a huge issue for the production team that is in charge of the upcoming Star Wars movies.
Despite that fact that Peter Cushing, for instance has passed away in 1994, he was still featured in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
How was that possible?
Well, Disney used some new generation, advances special effects that let them change Guy Henry’s appearance in order to make the actor look like Cushing. The results were unbelievable, and it looked like the late actor has come back to life on camera.
According to new reports, Disney is considering doing a similar thing with Carrie Fisher’s Princess Leia character as well. Before her untimely death, Fisher had returned to the famous franchise, staring in JJ Abrams’ 2015 film, The Force Awakens, as General Leia Organa.
“With what might be regarded as unseemly haste, Disney is negotiating with the actor’s estate over her continued appearance in the franchise. If Disney gets the go-ahead, Carrie Fisher will join Peter Cushing, who, last month, 15 years after his death, played a key role in Rogue One as Grand Moff Tarkin,” said Kirsty Wark.
The Star Wars: Episode IX is to be released in 2018 and the Disney Studios are negotiating with Fisher’s estate about the legal details. They might want to keep her face on the merchandise or even, as it happened in the case of Cushing, digitally add her into the film.
This new technology however, poses some ethical questions – just because dead actors can be brought back on the big screen, does that mean that they should?
We know that some actors have taken the necessary steps to assure they will not be brought back once they die.
For instance, Robin Williams, who passed tragically in 2014, banned the commercialization of his image until 2039.
What do you thing about the new technology?