Ever since Carrie Fisher’s untimely passing in December 2016, fans have been wondering how her character Leia Organa will be handled in Star Wars Episode IX. Well, the official Star Wars website has confirmed that Fisher will be appearing as Leia in the as yet untitled film via unused footage shot for The Force Awakens. Director JJ Abrams had this to say about the decision:
“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.”
It’s also worth noting that the press release lists Episode IX as the final installment of the Skywalker saga, and that Mark Hamill is among the returning cast.
Actress and New York Times bestselling author Carrie Fisher passed away Tuesday morning from complications of cardiac arrest. Fisher suffered a heart attack while on a flight from London to Los Angeles on Friday afternoon. She was 60 years old.
Born to parents Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher took to acting at a very young age, appearing in her first feature film Shampoo in 1975. But it was her iconic role as Princess Leia Organa in the original Star Wars trilogy that launched her into superstardom. She also had memorable roles in The Blues Brothers, When Harry Met Sally, and Hannah And Her Sisters.
In addition to acting, Fisher was an accomplished writer with four novels, two screenplays, and three non-fiction books on her resume. Her novel Postcards From The Edge was also adapted into a feature film, and she doctored scripts for several other movies including Sister Act, Hook (in which she also had an on-screen cameo), and The Wedding Singer.
Fans and celebrities alike took to social media quickly to pay tribute to the late actress.