A petition has been started by fans of the Star Wars franchise calling for actress Meryl Streep to play Princess Leia in the next film. Carrie Fisher played the role of Princess Leia since the first Star Wars film and passed away in December 2016, and appeared posthumously in The Last Jedi, following on from a cardiac arrest. Throughout the film franchise, she was well-known for her outstanding performances and is still considered a legend of the Star Wars legacy.
But now, Star Wars fans are calling on Disney, LucasFilm and director J.J. Abrams to replace Carrie with Meryl Streep for the upcoming film, Episode IX, due for release in December of 2019.
The petition already has thousands of signatures in support of Meryl Streep taking on the role of Princess Leia, and also describes her as an “ideal candidate” for the part, citing her appearance in Carrie Fisher’s novel turned film, ‘Postcards from the Edge’ and also to her illustrious film career, as good reasons for Streep in taking on the role.
The petition states, “With three Oscar wins and twenty nominations (probably twenty-one by next year), her achievement in acting has long been recognised.”
“As a close friend of Carrie Fisher, Meryl Streep may have huge (sic) ton of pressure to play Leia.”
“However, we strongly believe that she is the best hope for us to see the legacy of Carrie Fisher in Episode IX.”
The petition also refers to Meryl’s performance in the 1990 film alongside Shirley MacLaine in Postcards From The Edge, which was written by Carrie Fisher. The two were known to be good friends, and Meryl delivered an eulogy and sang at the funeral for both Carrie and late actress Debbie Reynolds.
“In ‘Postcards From The Edge’… Meryl Streep played Suzanne Vale, who is believed to be based on Carrie Fisher herself.”
“Therefore, Meryl Streep’s performance in the film can be seen as her portrayal as Carrie Fisher.
“Apart from gaining a nomination for Academy Award for best actress, this film also resulted in a close friendship between Meryl Streep and Carrie Fisher.”
“May the force be with Carrie Fisher, Meryl Streep and Princess Leia.”
The petition currently has over 8,500 signatures. However, not all Star Wars fans are on board with the idea, saying that the role should not be recast and believe it is a terrible idea. It seems that they would rather see her in CGI form, like how Peter Cushing was “resurrected” into CGI for his role as Grand Moff Tarkin. It seems fans of Star Wars really don’t like their franchise to be changed in any way, and this is no exception.
Any Star Wars fan that wants Meryl Streep to replace Leia in Episode IX, you ain’t a real fan. No one can replace the princess and her likeness. I’d rather have her as a CGI like in Rogue One instead of seeing someone else step into such an iconic role
— TheJMAZA (@TheJMAZA) March 30, 2018
Oh, did someone order a terrible idea? Well, it’s arrived: https://t.co/sxDDeBsABO
— Dave Schilling (@dave_schilling) March 29, 2018
Bad day for Star Wars. Laura Dern is pretending her character was force sensitive and Meryl Streep might be cast as Princess Leia? NO. Hard pass. Should have let her die in space.
— JayShockblast #PAXEAST (@JayShockblast) March 29, 2018
On the subject of the Episode IX film itself (due to be released December 2019), Leia was set to be at the centre of the plot. However, the script was reportedly rewritten after Carrie’s death, and producers have said they will not digitally recreate the actress for future movies.
Plenty of Star Wars fans wouldn’t want anyone reprising the role of Princess Leia, since it’s sacred, but also few will be impressed with Meryl Streep’s divisive political views, as well as her close friendship to Harvey Weinstein (she knew!) .
What do you readers think of the idea of Meryl Streep taking on the role of Princess Leia? Do you believe that she’ll be able to play the role justly, or do you believe that Carrie Fisher is simply irreplaceable? Let us know your thoughts about this petition in the comments section down below.
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