Carrie Fisher to appear in 'Star Wars: Episode IX'
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July 27, 2018
July 27, 2018 7:16 PM EDT
Carrie Fisher in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. AP
The late Carrie Fisher will reprise her role as Leia Organa in Star Wars: Episode IX.
Lucasfilm made the announcement when it unveiled the cast for the final instalment of its main Disney trilogy.
Episode IX’s director and co-writer J.J. Abrams will use previously unreleased footage that was shot for “The Force Awakens.”
“We desperately loved Carrie Fisher,” says Abrams said in a statement. “Finding a truly satisfying conclusion to the Skywalker saga without her eluded us. We were never going to recast, or use a CG character. With the support and blessing from her daughter, Billie, we have found a way to honour Carrie’s legacy and role as Leia in Episode IX by using unseen footage we shot together in Episode VII.”
Fisher died from sudden cardiac arrest in December 2016 at age 60.
Actors Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, and Keri Russell are set to join Episode IX.
Returning cast members include Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, and Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd.
Star Wars veterans Mark Hamill and Anthony Daniels will be joined by Billy Dee Williams, who will reprise his role as Lando Calrissian.