Last year, after the tragic and untimely passing of Star Wars legend Carrie Fisher, Disney and Lucasfilm promised that they wouldn't include Leia's digital representation in Star Wars IX.
The news relieved a lot of Star Wars fans who were worried that Star Wars: Episode IX would unethically include a CGI version of General Organa after word came out that Carrie had passed away before she could finish shooting her parts for The Last Jedi's sequel.
Now, according to Movie Web, word has started to spread that Academy Award-winning actress Meryl Streep might step into the role and play Leia in place of her friend, Carrie.
Streep once played a version of Fisher in Postcards from the Edge, and according to the publication, rumor has it that Lucasfilm might be considering the actress to take on Carrie's role for Episode IX. The Star Wars legend's passing didn't just leave a hole in the hearts of her family, friends and fans, it also left a hole in Episode IX, the third sequel trilogy installment which was supposed to focus on General Organa.
The only problem with replacing Carrie with Meryl is the backlash Lucasfilm would undoubtedly receive from fans. Could the studio simply be allowing the rumor to spread to see what fans think of the idea the same way they did with news of Alden Ehrenreich playing Han in Solo: A Star Wars Story?
Maybe. We'll just have to wait and see.
Star Wars: Episode IX premieres December 20, 2019. Solo: A Star Wars Story hits cinemas May 25, 2018.