Yesterday the announcement was made of who we can expect to see in the next Star Wars movie. One name on the cast list was surprising: Carrie Fisher, aka General Leia Organa, will be in the new Star Wars IX movie.
On December 27, 2016, Carrie Fisher passed away at the age of 60. Fisher appeared in many movies and TV shows, but the role she will be most remembered for is her powerful portrayal of the iconic Princess Leia.
How are they doing this? They are going to incorporate footage of Fisher from Star Wars: The Force Awakens that wasn’t used. In an interview on starwars.com, Director J. J. Abrams had this to say about honoring Fisher’s memory.
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 honor Carrie’s legacy and role as Leia in Episode IX by using unseen footage we shot together in Episode VII.
Star Wars IX will be released in December of 2019.