The legend Carrie Fisher died on December 27 after suffering a heart attack on a plane traveling from London to Los Angeles, and apparently that might mean a major payday for Disney.
, which owns Lucasfilm and the franchise, took out a $50 million contract protection insurance policy on the actress
The policy was most likely created to protect Disney from any losses if Fisher was unable to complete her agreed Star Wars filming, including 2015’s The Force Awakens, and two more movies. At the time of her death, Fisher had already completed filming on Episode VIII, which comes out next December, but her character General Leia Organa was supposed to be in Episode IX, which hasn’t filmed yet.
Nobody knows for sure what will happen yet, as all parties involved have declined to comment. I’ll update this story as more information becomes available.
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