Rumors are swirling about the upcoming Star Wars 9 film with most of the focus being on the fate of Princess Leia. After the passing of Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher in December 2016, it was confirmed by both Disney and Lucasfilm that CGI and motion capture were not going to be used for the role of Princess Leia. Replacing the actress was never really discussed. Now, there is speculation that Meryl Streep is being considered for the role. Streep starred in the movie Postcards From the Edge in 1990, screenplay written by Carrie Fisher. The two were longtime friends. Streep also starred in the Disney movie Into the Woods in 2014.
The death of Carrie Fisher left the future of Princess Leia uncertain. While fans seemingly would be satisfied with leaving the character in The Last Jedi, the original script had Leia as a main focus. That script was tossed after Fisher’s passing by director Colin Trevorrow who has since been replaced by J.J. Abrams. While the new script for Star Wars: Episode IX has been written and filming is set to begin this summer, there is still no official word of Princess Leia’s character.
Could Lucasfilm be using this rumor to judge how Star Wars fans would react to Meryl Streep stepping in? They may have done something like this in the past with Solo: A Star Wars Story. A poster depicting Alden Ehrenreich as Han was circulating and Lucasfilm would not confirm if it was an official release. It was later learned to be accurate and Ehrenreich is playing the role of Hans in Solo: A Star Wars Story which is in the post-production stage.
With CGI and motion capture of Fisher out, there are only two logical futures for Princess Leia. She could be written out prior to Star Wars 9 or recast. It is really unknown how Carrie Fisher would have viewed being replaced, even by her longtime friend Meryl Streep. Either way, we will find what becomes of Princess Leia in Star Wars: Episode IX, set to be released December 20, 2019.
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