Representatives of Disney are apparently already having discussions with the estate and family of Carrie Fisher, suggesting the star's future in the Star Wars franchise might be continued as a CG zombie, seeing as she's apparently crucial to the series' future.
This comes from a Newsnight feature, in which presenter Kirsty Wark said: "Carrie Fisher died less than a fortnight ago, but in the minds of Disney movie moguls and Star Wars fans, she’s very much alive. And with what might be regarded as unseemly haste, Disney is negotiating with the actor’s estate over her continued appearance in the franchise."
Now that could of course mean lots of things. It could mean a full CG Leia they can roll out and digitally paste into any necessary scenes for all time, or it could be something contractual to do with film posters, toys, lunchboxes and the rest. After all, if a family member died and you suddenly start seeing their face pop up on merchandise all over the place nine months later, it would probably be nice to have been asked or at least forewarned. [io9 via Guardian]