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Check out the Petition for Meryl Streep to Take over as Princess Leia

by Amanda Straight

Carrie Fisher’s death in late 2016 was a devastation to the newest Star Wars films and to her fans alike. A particularly passionate fan wants to see the legacy of Fisher’s Princess Leia carried on and created an online petition called “Cast Meryl Streep as Princess Leia in Star Wars Episode IX!” The petition points out the history between Fisher and Streep from their work in Postcards from the Edge and makes the following statement:

“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 a more ideal option for us and we believe that Meryl Streep is an ideal candidate to play Leia.”

The petition sets its sights high and is aimed at Lucasfilm, Walt Disney Studios, Kathleen Kennedy (producer) and J.J. Abrams (director). It’s earned over 12,500 of it’s 13,000 signature goal. Do you think the legacy of Princess Leia should end with Fisher’s passing, or should Streep step in to carry it on?

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OYE! I’m SO torn on this. On one hand I feel that the character should die with her.. Fisher is an icon as Leia and it feels almost disrespectful to continue the characterization without her. However, Leia is a HUGE driving force for the ‘good’ guys and with Luke gone, we NEED a Skywalker. See my dilemma? Maybe the writers could line it up with old cannon and we find out Rey & Kylo are twins… explaining their connection and her powerful use of the force. But that would take some TRICKY writing at this point in Disney-cannon. But back… Read more »

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