Why Carrie Fisher's death won't stop Princess Leia's return

Actress Carrie Fisher (above) as Princess Leia (left), whose story was not resolved in Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017), leaving fans dissatisfied.
Actress Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia (above), whose story was not resolved in Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017), leaving fans dissatisfied.PHOTOS: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY
After actor Paul Walker was killed in a car crash in 2013, old footage and a computer-generated face superimposed on the bodies of his brothers were used to complete the film Furious 7 (2015, left).
Actress Carrie Fisher (above) as Princess Leia, whose story was not resolved in Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017), leaving fans dissatisfied.PHOTOS: AGENCE FRANCEPRESSE, THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY
Actress Carrie Fisher (above) as Princess Leia (left), whose story was not resolved in Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017), leaving fans dissatisfied.
After actor Paul Walker was killed in a car crash in 2013, old footage and a computer generated face superimposed on the bodies of his brothers were used to complete the film Furious 7 (2015, above). PHOTO: UIP

The decision to include the late actress in the next Star Wars film with unused footage gives an insight into the influence the franchise's fans have

Through the use of unused footage, actress Carrie Fisher will appear in the next Star Wars movie - even though she died two years ago.

It might seem to be a simple enough technique to non-fans of the Star Wars franchise, but unpacking that decision gives a fascinating insight into how unique the series is and the kind of power that its fans have.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 09, 2018, with the headline 'Why Carrie Fisher's death won't stop Princess Leia's return'. Print Edition | Subscribe