IT WAS perhaps the most frightening moment in “Rogue One.”
Not the showdown with Orson Krennic, or the sudden appearance of Darth Vader, but rather the late-in-the-film entry of young Princess Leia that looked far more plastic pixel than flesh.
Yes, the quality of the digitally painted “performance” for Grand Moff Tarkin’s return could be debated, but the frozen-mannequin face of dead-eyed Leia — unable to avert her gaze toward uncanny valley — was full-stop cringe-worthy.
So it comes as both utter relief and no surprise from Disney on Thursday that Carrie Fisher’s performance in December’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” won’t be altered through hologram technology.
“She’s in ‘VIII,’ and we’re not changing ‘VIII’ to deal with her passing,” Disney chief executive Bob Iger said from the stage at a conference hosted by the University of Southern California.
“Her performance, which we’ve been really pleased with, remains as it was,” he said, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Fisher died in December shortly after the anthology film “Rogue One” was released. (A public memorial for her and her mother, Debbie Reynolds, is scheduled for Saturday.)
The actress, of course, returned to the main Star Wars franchise for 2015’s “The Force Awakens,” now as a Resistance general. With her characteristic scathing wit, she upbraided people who criticized her look in the film — the kind of snipers who refuse to let actresses age.
Iger said that when Disney bought Lucasfilm in 2012, the plan was to make Episodes VII through IX.
He also said that Fisher had completed filming on “Last Jedi,” which opens Dec. 15.
And that is just the respect toward Fisher we’re looking for.