Disney is set to receive £41million over Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher’s untimely death after taking out insurance to cover her failing to fulfil a three-film contract, it was claimed last night.
Fisher died on December 27, aged 60, having suffered a heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles.
The actress, who rose to prominence playing Princess Leia in George Lucas’ original 1970s Star Wars trilogy, had reprised her role in last year’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Carrie Fisher first found found fame in the original Star Wars in 1977. She played Princess Leia (pictured, right, with the droid C-3P0)
And she is set to have major role in Star Wars Episode VIII, which will be released next year, with filming completed before her death.
However, Fisher was also due to have a starring part in Star Wars Episode XI – scheduled for release in 2019 – which is now expected to be substantially re-written in the wake of the actress’ death.
Disney are yet to comment on how the planned plot will be affected.
The ensuing insurance payout is thought to be the market’s biggest-ever single personal accident insurance claim, according to trade publication The Insurance Insider.
In The Force Awakens Princess Leia was seen hugging Han Solo and Fisher revealed in her memoirs that her and actor Harrison Ford had a fling during the making of the original series
Sources spoken to by the website say Lloyds of London will make the payout after Disney took out $50million of ‘contract protection cover’, in the event Fisher was unable to appear in any of the new Star Wars films.
Fisher, who found worldwide fame at the age of just 19 in the 1977 original, led a turbulent life punctuated by battles with substance abuse and bipolar disorder, which is thought to have led to the surprising policy.
It is said to be underwritten by US-based company Exceptional Risk Advisors, who describe themselves as ‘experts in insuring complex human capital risks for highly successful individuals.’
After years of abusing drugs, Carrie Fisher’s health was poor and she died after suffering a heart attack on a flight to Los Angeles
Fisher’s tragic death led to an outpouring of grief from moviegoers worldwide.
She had recently completed a publicity tour of the UK, but suffered a heart attack on a flight back to America and died four days later.
Her mother, the Hollywood actress Debbie Reynolds, died one day later, aged 84.
Disney and Lloyds of London did not immediately respond to requests for comment last night.
Carrie Fisher (pictured, with her daughter actress Billie Lourd) was a valuable commercial asset as far as Disney was concerned