Disney could be receiving a large sum of money in the wake of actress Carrie Fisher’s sudden death.
According to The Insurance Insider, Disney reportedly took out a $50 million contract protection claim with Lloyd’s of London. This was reportedly to cover them in case Fisher was unable to portray her roles in any of the upcoming Star Wars films.
Although the policy was underwritten by New Jersey company Exceptional Risk Advisors the $50 million loss will be borne by Lloyd’s. The plan is expected to have 20 carriers.
Business Insider reports that Fisher will be reprising her role in Star Wars Episode VIII, which had completed filming prior to her death. However, it is unclear at this point if we will be seeing any of her Princess Leia character in the next installment, Star Wars Episode IX. Digital recreation has been employed for some of the Star Wars movies. An example of this was Peter Cushing, who appeared in Rogue One as Grand Moff Tarkin despite dying in 1994 as well as a younger version of Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia. But there aren’t currently any plans for this to become a fixture of the film franchise.
“We’re not planning on doing this digital re-creation extensively from now on…It just made sense for this particular movie,” said John Knoll, supervisor of visual effects for Rogue One.