Lucasfilm debunks rumor that Leia will be digitally recreated in future Star Wars films

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Jan 14, 2017, 9:00 AM EST

After the tragic passing of Carrie Fisher, Lucasfilm was left in an awkward position in regard to the new Star Wars saga that is currently underway. Now it looks like we can thankfully go ahead and take one icky option off the table.

Lucasfilm has put out a statement saying in no uncertain terms that they have no intention of trying to digitally re-create General/Princess Leia. There had been rumblings that Lucasfilm was negotiating with Fisher's estate in regard to her likeness, and after Grand Moff Tarkin (originally played by the late Peter Cushing) was brought back digitally on Rogue One, it seemed like the studio could be considering that route.

Thankfully, we won't see a digital Leia eerily re-created over the next two films. Here's an excerpt from the studio's statement:

"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."

Fisher reportedly wrapped most of her scenes for Episode VIII before her passing, though there's still no word on how her character will be handled in Episode IX. At this point, it seems likely Leia will be written out — though there's also the option of recasting the character for future films.The smart money is on writing off Leia — likely in a way designed to honor Fisher, as well. 

What do you think of how Lucasfilm is handling the situation?