It seems some Star Wars fans desperately want to see Academy Award winner Meryl Streep play the character of the new Leia Organa in Star Wars: Episode IX. The character was previously played by late Carrie Fisher. Fisher tragically passed away on December 27, 2016, after going into cardiac arrest at the age of 60.
In fact, fans are already running an online petition asking the Star Wars makers Disney and Lucasfilm to cast Meryl Streep as Leia. The petition addressed to Disney, Lucasfilm and its president Kathleen Kennedy, and Episode IX director J.J. Abrams has already got support from over 8,205 signees and is almost about to reach its 9,000 signature goal.
“After the death of Carrie Fisher, there have been a lot of uncertainties in how STAR WARS Episode IX is going to deal with Leia,” the petition reads.”As Lucasfilm claimed that they have no plans to digitally recreate Carrie Fisher with CGI in STAR WARS Episode IX, the more possible solutions are to recast Leia or to write her out of the film.”
The petition mentions that fans don’t want to see the character of Leia written out of the film abruptly without a reasonable plot. It added that Streep is an ideal candidate to replace Fisher for the role.
“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. Therefore, recasting Leia is an ideal option for us and we believe that Meryl Streep is an ideal candidate to play Leia.”
Fisher and Streep had worked together on the film Postcard From The Edge, the semi-autobiographical movie based on Fisher’s novel. It remains to be seen whether or not the upcoming J.J. Abrams’ directed Star Wars movie will cast Meryl Streep as Leia.
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