Apparently there is a petition online for Meryl to be considered for a recasting of Carrie Fisher's iconic role as Princess Leia in Star Wars: Episode IX. Shooting is expected to start this summer with J.J. Abrams directing.
This is of course a huge rumor, but it got me thinking. First of all, at initial reaction I don't think it's a good idea. Not that I'm a rabid fan of Star Wars, but I think it would be super weird to all of a sudden see the character of Leia as anyone else, much less someone as equally iconic as Meryl Streep. Some things are sacred. I also happen to think that Meryl wouldn't want to touch this role with a ten foot pole, as it may be impossible to ever match the expectations of what this historic character has meant to countless people. Not unless Streep were really desperate for work would I expect her to be up for this.
That said, Fisher was a good friend of her's, dating back to when Meryl starred in the semi-autobiographical adaptation of Fisher's book Postcards from the Edge in 1990 (which of course earned Streep an Oscar nomination). Also, with Meryl's recent teaming with Abrams on the potential of bringing Nathan Hill's novel The Nix to the small screen, it's possible that it's crossed his mind, were it ultimately decided that they wanted to recast the role for the final installment.
Star Wars: Episode IX is scheduled for a December, 2019 release. I doubt Meryl will be in it. But could you imagine the attention it would bring?