I love Princess Leia as a character. Not only did I think she was such a badass heroine and role model but she was also played by such a lovely and wholesome actress who was reportedly as amazing to be around for her wit and sense of humour as she was for her work ethic. Her passing hit the nerd culture we exist in hard, it came sudden and unexpected, a short while after the release of her memoirs. The vacuum left in the lives of those that knew her and followed her won't be filled, which leaves the logistics of Star Wars with a problem.
As a Star Wars fan I do want to just stress I am a real fan boy. I've never seen a Star Wars film I didn't like. Sure some are better than others and some really don't hold up with the progress of technology (sorry Attack of the Clones) but I love the universe and the lore. That being said, the Last Jedi, wasn't my favourite at all. I felt, especially the reveal that Leia was harbouring force sensitivity, was a betrayal of her character. I respect Carrie Fisher didn't feel the same, otherwise she wouldn't have agreed to play the role, however the strength in Leia (for me) was her bravery in the face of such odds, despite the fact she comes from royalty she is just a normal person with a drive to better the galaxy and the lives of her people in the face of all powerful oppression. She does that with sound tactical know how, sure-footedness and no fancy force powers.
There was so much more on the narrative front that we needed to explore with Leia which is now sadly not possible. Recasting the actress would be the worst decision Disney could ever make. I would also dislike to see her in the form of posthumous-CGI, akin to Peter Cushing in Rogue One. Its too soon and I don't think such a major character should receive that treatment. The Force Awakens was Han's film, the Last Jedi was Luke's; Episode IX was supposed to be Leia's. We'll never get to see just where the saga would have gone if Carrie was still with us but thankfully Disney seem to be making good calls on this front:
"Finding a truly satisfying conclusion to the Skywalker saga without her eluded us," J.J. Abrams admitted in a statement. "We were never going to recast, or use a CG character. With the support and blessing from her daughter, Billie, we have found a way to honor Carrie’s legacy and role as Leia in Episode IX by using unseen footage we shot together in Episode VII."
This is certainly the best option LucasFilm have available to them and although it may require some very creative editing, hand on heart I really hope they succeed. Even though I dislike The Last Jedi for the most part, I never want anyone who is involved in a creative endeavour to receive focused internet toxicity. Some things are either for you or they aren't. Creatives don't owe anyone anything, they do their best to tell the story they want to tell. Sometimes that goes well, sometimes it doesn't. The most important thing is that you learn and keep trying. I'm very thankful we get to see Carrie, one last time, and I wish all the best to her daughter, Billie Lourd, and her on and off-screen family.
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