The Future of General Leia

by Ryan Reynolds

With the Hollywood Reporter reporting this morning that the Lucasfilm braintrust will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 10, to discuss the future of Leia Organa in the Star Wars franchise, it’s difficult to not begin speculating as a fan. The Star Wars community-at-large is still in deep mourning over the untimely death of Carrie Fisher, who passed away on December 27, 2016, but  the Hollywood Reporter writes:

“(Colin) Trevorrow, the filmmaker behind Jurassic World who is directing Episode IX, is due to arrive in L.A. the week of Jan. 10 for meetings with Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy to discuss options. But unlike in other cases where actors died during the filmmaking process — Paul Walker in Furious 7 comes to mind — it appears that the team has time to explore solutions.”

Many are torn – there seem to be only a few options, none of which are perfect solutions:

1. Should Leia meet her end in Episode VIII? Rumor is that she is set to confront her son, Kylo Ren, in the film, which might provide an opportunity for some efficient rewrites and reshoots with a bit of CGI wizardry. Could Kylo Ren survive killing both parents? They could also do it off-screen, but that doesn’t feel quite right…


2. Should Leia be continued as a CGI character, a la Tarkin in Rogue One? Responses to the special effects wizardry of Industrial Light Magic over the Grand Moff’s supporting presence and Princess Leia’s brief cameo have been extremely mixed…


3. What if Lucasfilm recast Leia? It would certainly be jarring at first, but some think this is the most inoffensive option. Some fans have even suggested singer-songwriter Stevie Nicks for the role, as she bears a passing resemblance to Carrie Fisher…


The Trebel Bass will sound off on this topic in our inaugural episode, due out next week – probably Tuesday, Jan. 10, the same day Lucasfilm will meet to decide Leia Organa’s fate. In the meantime, let us know what you want to see happen with history’s greatest film Princess?


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