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Jan 16, 2017
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If you’ve seen the visual masterpiece that is Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, then you were probably amazed by most of the movie’s scenes, including the one where a young Princess Leia appeared to have been pulled out straight from the past and plastere onto the big screen.

What’s more amazing is that the scene of Princess Leia, first played by the now-deceased Carrie Fisher back in 1977, is actually a CGI rendering of her 20-year-old self.

But questions over the ethical usage of a deceased performer’s CGI likeness started to pop up after rumors circulated that Fisher would once again be rendered in CGI form for the upcoming Star Wars Episode IX film in 2018.

Due to this, Lucasfilm released a statement to finally put an end to the issue.

“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,” the statement read.

So that’s that, but we will still be seeing Fisher reprise her role in the untitled Star Wars Episode VIII film as General Leia Organa since she was able to finish shooting her scenes prior to her passing.

Fisher was not the only actor whose CGI likeness “resurrected” their characters from the hit ‘70s movie franchise in Rogue One.

A CGI rendering of deceased actor Peter Cushing, who died over two decades ago, was also made to bring Grand Moff Tarkin back to life as the commander of the Death Star, a key component of Rogue One’s plot.

Here’s some footage showing how the CGI models were created for Rogue One.

 

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