Updated: 18th December 2017

Disney deny negotiating with Carrie Fisher’s estate for rights to her digital image

The actor had completed filming on Star Wars: Episode VIII, but Princess Leia is also supposed to have a significant role in Episode IX

Disney have denied they are negotiating with Carrie Fishers estate for the rights to use the actors digital image in future Star Wars film, according to industry sources.

The BBCs Newsnight programme had reported that, with what might be regarded as unseemly haste, Star Wars studio Disney had opened with the actors estate over her continued appearance in the franchise.

But in a statement the Walt Disney Company said: Disney is not in conversations with the estate of Carrie Fisher at this time and any reports to the contrary are false.

Fishers likeness as the young Princess Leia in the original 1977 Star Wars was digitally rendered and appeared in the final frames of prequel Rogue One along with Peter Cushings. As filming occurred prior to Fishers death, her permission was presumably obtained. However, reports have emerged of discussions between the makers of Episodes VIII and IX, as Leia had been expected to play a significant part in both films. Apart from the technical challenge, a number of ethical considerations emerged in the wake of Cushings resurrection in Rogue One, 22 years after his death.

The BBCs use of the words continuing appearance suggested the film-makers were considering using Fishers digital image in future films, although there are also other ancillary uses, such as video games. Fisher had reportedly completed filming on Episode VIII, directed by Rian Johnson, so any significant digital resurrection would be reserved for Episode IX, which has Jurassic Worlds Colin Trevorrow on board as director.

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