When Carrie Fisher, the actress best known for her immortal role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars film series, passed away just after Christmas, it was a farewell that stunned millions around the globe.
But it wasn’t just movie fans and the global film business that were rattled– another industry sighed at the sad news. Besides the human tragedy of Ms. Fisher’s passing, her death also results in an expensive insurance claim.
Disney, producer of the Star Wars movies, did not leave anything to chance when it came to the cult classic cash cow. The firm had taken out insurance in case Ms. Fisher wouldn’t be able to fulfill her contract that included “Episode VIII,” which is currently being filmed and she had already shot scenes for, as well as “Episode IX” for which shooting hasn’t even begun yet. According to U.S. media reports, Disney is now demanding that insurance in a claim worth $50 million – the largest sum ever to be paid for the untimely death of a Hollywood star.