Star Wars fans want to see Meryl Streep in the role of Princess Leia in the new movie. They opened an online petition raising more than 8,000 signatures already, according to BBC News.
The role of Princess Leia was played by actress Carrie Fisher, who passed away in December of 2016 and the producers of the franchise need to find a replacement for her. Star Wars fans think that Meryl Streep is the ideal candidate and they started an online petition.
“As a close friend of Carrie Fisher, Meryl Streep might feel a huge pressure playing Princess Leia. Still, we think that she is the best chance of continuing Carrie Fischer’s legacy in episode IX” the petition says.
The petition also says that Meryl Streep played in “Postcards from the Edge”, inspired by a book written by Carrie Fischer and her character was even inspired by the life of the author. “This means that Meryl Streep played Carrie Fisher. Besides the fact that she received an Oscar nomination for this role, Meryl Streep became close friends with Carrie Fisher after this movie”.
Although more than 8500 people signed the petition to have Meryl Streep play Princess Leia in the next Star Wars movie, there are fans who refused to sign. They say that the role of Princess Leia should not be continued after the death of Carrie Fisher.
Princess Leia will be in the center of the story in the ninth episode of the Star Wars franchise. The movie is expected to be premiered in December of 2019.