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Star Wars: Episode IX Cast Announced, Will Feature Unused Carrie Fisher Footage

Star Wars: Episode IX Cast Announced, Will Feature Unused Carrie Fisher Footage

Lucasfilm and writer-director Abrams shared the news on Friday that footage of Fisher shot for 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be used in the ninth film in the space opera's core trilogies about the Skywalker family.

Turns out, director J.J. Abrams will use unreleased footage of Fisher from "The Force Awakens".

He added: "We were never going to recast, or use a CG character".

Princess Leia's character remains alive at the end of The Last Jedi so Abrams will need to either build a satisfying story around her using the scraps of footage they had left over or use that footage to film the death of her character in Episode IX.

For one, the cast will include Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams and Carrie Fisher.

Are you excited to watch the film set to air in December of 2019?

Fisher - who found global stardom as Princess Leia - died in 2016 after finishing work on The Last Jedi aged 60 following a heart attack on a Los Angeles-bound flight.

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Perhaps most importantly, they've revealed how they will be handling the passing of Carrie Fisher. Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac are all returning.

Filming for Episode IX, which does not yet have a title, will begin in London on Wednesday.

Stay tuned for more on Star Wars: Episode IX as it becomes available. Mark Hamill will also be returning as Luke Skywalker, which after the events of The Last Jedi was not a foregone conclusion.

Carrie Fisher as Leia in the original Star Wars.

He will be joined by fellow series veteran Anthony Daniels who plays android interpreter C-3PO and is the only actor to have appeared in all of the franchise's major films.

With the big Star Wars - Episode IX casting and start date news released yesterday we are starting to get a clearer picture of what J.J. Abrams has in store for us come December of next year. Meanwhile, Jon Favreau has been tapped to executive produce and write a new live-action Star Wars show for Disney's upcoming streaming platform.

It will begin filming at London's Pinewood Studios next week on August 1 with a script co-written by Abrams with Chris Terrio.


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