STAR WARS EPISODE IX Cast Announced - Including CARRIE FISHER

Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia in 'Star Wars The Last Jedi'

Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia in 'Star Wars The Last Jedi'

The character was initially supposed to be the focal point of the trilogy-capping film, much like Harrison Ford's Han Solo in The Force Awakens and Mark Hamill's Luke Skywalker in The Last Jedi, but Lucasfilm had to rewrite the episode to account for Fisher's absence.

"We desperately loved Carrie Fisher", Abrams explained. Finding a truly satisfying conclusion to the Skywalker saga without her eluded us. That's a formidable cast, and we can't wait to see what Abrams does with it. While specific plot details won't be revealed for a while, director J.J. Abrams has revealed that Episode IX will incorporate unreleased footage of Fisher as Leia from The Force Awakens.

Hamill will reprise his role as the hero Luke Skywalker, making his sixth appearance in a Star Wars film as the Jedi Master.

In huge news for "Star Wars" fans, the late Carrie Fisher will be featured in the new film, "Episode IX".

The announcement confirms two brand-new actors for the Star Wars film series: Naomi Ackie (known largely for British TV work) and Richard E. Grant (Withnail and I).

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Numerous names will be familiar to fans of the previous instalment, Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

JJ Abrams is back to direct, and of course, John Williams will return to score the film, as he has done since 1977.

Carrie Fisher and The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson in discussion shortly before her death in late 2016. Many cast members are returning as well, including, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, and Billie Lourd. And though the nature of reusing old footage shot for other purposes likely means Fisher's time in Star Wars 9 will be brief, it does mean she'll get to play a role without the need for an uncanny digitized double.

Stay tuned for more on Star Wars: Episode IX as it becomes available.

"Episode IX" is out December 2019 and begins production August 1.

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