Late actress Carrie Fisher to appear in new Star Wars film

Carrie Fisher.
Carrie Fisher. Photo credit: File

The late actress Carrie Fisher will appear in the new Star Wars film, Star Wars: Episode IX.

Director JJ Abrams told Hollywood Reporter he will use unreleased footage from 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens to add Fisher's Leia into the next film.

She will appear next to the full returning cast of the last film, including Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo and Fisher's daughter, Billie Lourd.

New additions to the cast include Naomi Ackie, Richard E Grant and Keri Russell.

Abrams said in a statement they desperately loved the actress and didn't want to recast her.

"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 [Lourd], 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 in December 2016 after finishing the filming of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Episode IX is the conclusion to the Skywalker saga.


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