Date: 16th January 2017
The company behind the Star Wars franchise has laid to rest rumours that Carrie Fisher may be digitally recreated for future films after her sudden death last month.
"Lucasfilm has no plans to digitally recreate Carrie Fisher's performance" as Princess Leia, it said.
Fisher died, aged 60, just days after suffering a cardiac arrest last month.
She had already finished filming for the next instalment, Star Wars: Episode VIII, due out at the end of the year.
She was also expected to appear in Episode IX, which is still being scripted and scheduled for release in 2019.
But Lucasfilm, which produces the franchise, says Episode VIII will be Fisher's last, adding: "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. We are still hurting from her loss. We cherish her memory and legacy as Princess Leia, and will always strive to honour everything she gave to Star Wars."
Source: Press Release