Updated January 13: Lucasfilm issued a statement Friday evening putting to rest any speculation Carrie Fisher's role in Star Wars: Episode IX will be created digitally following her passing. The full statement follows:
"We don’t normally respond to fan or press speculation, but there is a rumor circulating that we would like to address. We want to assure our fans that Lucasfilm has no plans to digitally recreate Carrie Fisher’s performance as Princess or General Leia Organa.
"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 honor everything she gave to Star Wars. "
Original story Jan. 6, 2017: Carrie Fisher's untimely death has reportedly left Lucasfilm looking for ways to move forward with Star Wars: Episode IX, which purportedly included a major role for General Leia Organa. According to CBS, writer/director Colin Trevorrow is scheduled to meet with Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy next week to discuss options for the planned 2019 film in light of the actor's passing.
"Rogue One is the road map," an unnamed source reportedly told CBS, referring to the fact that actors performances were simulated using stand-ins and CGI for the recently released film. Both Peter Cushing's Grand Moff Tarkin and Fisher's Leia were achieved through motion capture and digital rendering.
Fisher completed filming on the as-yet-untitled Star Wars: Episode VIII shortly before before her death. The film is is due out in theaters December 15.
Star Wars: Episode IX is scheduled for May 23, 2019.