Carrie Fisher’s family has given their approval for her posthumous appearance in the next “Star Wars” movie. “I couldn’t be more personally thrilled and happy that our Carrie will reprise her role as Princess Leia in the new and final ‘Star Wars Episode IX,’ using previously unreleased footage of her shot for ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens,’” said Fisher’s brother Todd in a statement.
“Carrie’s ‘Princess Leia’ is forever entrenched in the franchise and her indelible presence is fundamental to the film,” Todd continued. “J.J. Abrams understood Carrie’s iconic role, and he has masterfully re-crafted this final entry to include this unused and very last footage of Carrie ever taken, without resorting to CGI or animatronics.”
Star Wars director J.J. Abrams said in a statement, “Finding a truly satisfying conclusion to the Skywalker saga without her (Carrie) eluded us. We were never going to recast…with the support and blessing from her daughter, Billie, we have found a way to honor Carrie’s legacy…by using unseen footage we shot together in Episode VII.”
The film, simply titled “Episode IX,” is scheduled to be released in December 2019. “Her force will forever be with us!” Todd added. Fisher died in 2016 after finishing work on the middle installment in the trilogy, “The Last Jedi.”
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