A couple of weeks back, it was announced that Billy Dee Williams was reprising his role as Lando Calrissian for Star Wars Episode IX and now Disney and Lucasfilm has confirmed that Carrie Fisher will be featured in the final installment in the trilogy using previously unreleased footage shot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Carrie Fisher died of a heart attack at age 60 back in December of 2016, a year before the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
“Finding a truly satisfying conclusion to the Skywalker saga without her eluded us. We were never going to recast, or use a CG character,” director J.J. Abrams said in a statement. “With the support and blessing from her daughter, Billie, we have found a way to honor Carrie’s legacy and role as Leia in Episode IX by using unseen footage we shot together in Episode VII.”
Mark Hamill will also return for the final movie Star Wars: Episode IX that will begin filming at London’s Pinewood Studios on August 1, 2018 and will be directed by J.J. Abrams.