Star Wars Accident and Sickness, Death and/or Disability Insurance16 Jan 2017
Disney is set to receive £41million from Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher’s untimely death from an accident and sickness, death and/or disability insurance. Fisher, famous for playing Princess Leia in the Star Wars films, died of a heart attack on December 27, aged 60.
This will be financial compensation for the franchise’s as yet untitled Star Wars episode VIII, released later this year, and episode IX due for release in 2019. The money will presumably be put to use generating a CGI likeness of Princess Leia to complete the filming for episodes VIII and IX. Star Wars fans need not worry though as the amazing job they did with CGI and the actor Guy Henry in the role of General Tarkin in the recent Rogue One extended universe spinoff should make the additional footage seamless. The rendering of the young General Tarkin created an incredible likeliness of the promoted “Grand Moff” Tarkin of the original episodes which was played by the actor Peter Cushing who died in 1994.
Disney, the current owners of Star Wars reportedly put in place the insurance policy before Fisher signed up to star in The Force Awakens. Fisher had signed on to appear in the three new Star Wars films, and had, sources suggest, just finished filming her scenes for episode VIII before she died. It is believed that she was set to play a prominent role in Episode IX, although that project has yet to enter pre-production.
The ensuing insurance pay-out from Lloyd’s is thought to be the market’s biggest-ever single personal accident insurance claim, according to trade publication The Insurance Insider.
You’re probably not considering developing an epic space opera franchise with concerns about the health of your cast, but it does show how fragile our worlds are.
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