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Meryl Streep the Sportsbet favourite to be cast as Princess Leia in the next Star Wars film

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Meryl Streep to replace Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia? That’s what Sportsbet thinks and they’ve made her the $2 favourite to take over the iconic role in Star Wars Episode IX.

Sportsbet has installed acting royalty Meryl Streep as the favourite to head to a galaxy far, far away and assume the role left by Carrie Fisher who passed away in December 2016.

A petition to cast the Oscar-winning actress in the role attracted more than 10,000 signatures.

But pundits are also assuming Princess Leia will be written out of Star Wars Episode IX by writer/director JJ Abrams who helmed Episode VII – The Force Awakens.

The Sportsbet price that she will not be recast is a short $1.20 against $4 she will be recast.

There’s even a market for whether CGI will be used to replace Princess Leia – $1.33 for No and $3 for yes.

Carrie Fisher died well before the release of the recent Episode XIII – The Last Jedi – and the story concluded with her still in a leadership position with the Resistance.

But the interest in Streep assuming the role of still remarkably high.

She leads the Sportsbet market at $2 closely followed by Michelle Pfeiffer ($3.50) and Sharon Stone ($5.50).

Others in the market include Sigourney Weaver ($8.50), Kate Winslet ($16) and even Australia’s own Nicole Kidman at an outside $51.

Here is the full Sportsbet market:

Who will be cast as Princess Leia in Star Wars: Episode IX
$2.00   Meryl Streep
$3.50   Michelle Pfeiffer
$5.50   Sharon Stone
$8.50   Sigourney Weaver
$10      Mary Steenburgen
$12      Julianne Moore
$16      Kate Winslet
$18      Billie Lourd
$21      Jamie Lee Curtis
$26      Sandra Bullock
$31      Laura Linney
$41      Jodie Foster
$51      Nicole Kidman
$61      Helena Bonham Carter
$81      Robin Wright

Will Princess Leia be recast?
$1.20   No
$4.00   Yes
Will CGI Princess Leia be used?

$1.33   No
$3.00   Yes

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