How Carrie Fisher Reacted to Rogue One’s Leia CGI

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The use of CGI in films has always been quite a colorful topic. On the one hand, there's the ethics of how recreating people can be controversial in itself, let alone those who have already passed away.

This has been a very trigger-inducing topic for Star Wars fans, given that there have been recreations via CGI, such as Rogue One's Grand Moff Tarkin.

However, there is one actress who actually loved that she had been recreated in the epic film, and it's none other than Carrie Fisher herself. The last scene of Rogue One features familiar scenes from Star Wars: A New Hope, though it didn't entail the use of old footage, but rather a CGI version of the late actress.

It seems that this CGI had been a fuss even amongst themselves, with hand-wringing as to whether or not Fisher will be accepting of the move. Director Gareth Edwards shared with Fandango that she was happy about it, fortunately:

"Kathy [Kennedy] is really good friend with her. We knew it was a really important moment and we wanted Carrie to be happy, so Kathy went to her house with her laptop when we felt the shot was close, if not finished. We had about two weeks left, and Kathy went around her house and everyone was waiting to hear. [Kathy] said she showed it to her and [Carrie] thought it was footage. She didn't realize it was CGI. She thought we had some footage. She didn't remember the take an thought we had manipulated a take from the original film. But they told her it was all computer generated and she was really impressed. We were all just so pleased she approved it."

Now what we're all waiting for is how Star Wars: The Last Jedi will deal with the actress's passing when it arrives in theaters on Dec. 15.

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