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No plans to digitally recreate Carrie Fisher for future Star Wars

In photo: Wax figures of the actors Harrisson Ford as the Star Wars character Han Solo (L) and Carrie Fisher in her role of Leia Organa on May 8, 2015. Photograph: (Getty)

Los Angeles, United States Jan 14, 2017, 10.00 PM (IST)

There are no plans to digitally create Carrie Fisher's likeness for future Star Wars movies, producers said in a statement.

Fisher died last month due to a cardiac arrest aged 60.

In July, "Star Wars: Episode VIII" wrapped up shooting with Fisher reprising her role as the character initially known as Princess Leia she first performed in the first installment of the franchise released in 1977.

She had been expected to have a role in Episode IX of the massive franchise.

Lucasfilm assured the fans that there will be no future Star Wars movies featuring Fisher after Episode VIII releases.

"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 producers said in a statement on the massive franchise's website, AFP reported.

"Carrie Fisher was, is, and always will be a part of the Lucasfilm family. She was our princess, our general, and more importantly, our friend."

They added: "We are still hurting from her loss. We cherish her memory and legacy as Princess Leia, and will always strive to honor everything she gave to Star Wars."

A younger version of Fisher as Princess Leia had been recreated using CGI.

(With inputs from AFP)

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