3 Jan – The recent passing of "Star Wars" actress Carrie Fisher may lead to Walt Disney Studios receiving the "biggest ever single personal accident insurance claim".
The studio had previously taken a USD50 million insurance at Lloyd's of London, as a contract protection cover in the event of Fisher being unable to fulfill her obligations to act in the popular space saga franchise.
Her death may now trigger the policy, which will see the claim being "widely spread within the Lloyd's personal accident market, with more than 20 carriers on the binder", The Insurance Insider revealed.
However, none of the parties involved, including the studio itself, have given their official statement regarding the supposed payout.
Fisher passed away on 27 December 2016 in Los Angeles, four days after suffering a heart attack during a flight from London.
The actress was set to appear in "Star Wars: Episode VIII", which she had finished filming for and fans will get to see her one last time on the silver screen this year, and "Star Wars: Episode IX", the 2019 movie which will now lack Fisher in her iconic role as Princess Leia.
Now that Fisher is no longer able to reprise future roles of Princess Leia in the new trilogy, the studio could go down the CGI route ala how "Fast and Furious 7" handled Paul Walker's death, "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2" handled Philip Seymour Hoffman's passing or even how the last "Star Wars" movie; "Rogue One" did by portraying a younger Princess Leia via CGI.
However, since fans had been vocal about not wanting a CGI Fisher as Princess Leia in the upcoming threequel, it remains to be seen how the studio will handle the character's exit from the franchise.