No one can truly replace Carrie Fisher, who played Princess and then General Leia Organa in the Star Wars saga. , and filmmakers have already said they won’t digitally re-create Fisher’s performance in Episode 9, due out in 2019.
But now there’s an online petition trying to generate support for recasting Leia’s character with Oscar-winning actress Meryl Streep. On Friday, more than 7,900 supporters had signed the petition, which is aiming for 8,000 signatures.
“As the fans of Star Wars and Carrie Fisher, we really want Leia to shine in Episode IX and we certainly do not want her to be written out of the film abruptly without a reasonable plot,” the petition reads. “Therefore, recasting Leia is a more ideal option for us and we believe that Meryl Streep is an ideal candidate to play Leia.”
Online petitions, of course, have no real influence behind the scenes of a multi-million-dollar movie, and this one seems especially pie-in-the-galactic-sky. Streep was a friend of Fisher, and reportedly even sang with Fisher’s daughter at the memorial service held at the actress’ home after she died. And she carries with her the gravitas and sass Fisher gave Leia. But recasting Fisher could seem like a betrayal of the beloved actress, and it’s got to seem an unlikely option even to those who dreamed up the petition.
It remains to be seen how Leia’s death will be addressed in the final episode of the space saga. Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy told Entertainment Weekly the filmmakers had to “start over” with the final episode after Fisher died, as she was reportedly a huge part of the original script.
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