WASHINGTON: The Force Awakens and raising the dead for the next installment in the Star Wars saga “Star Wars: Episode IX”. Announcing the cast for the movie Carrie Fisher will reprise her role as Princess Leia Organa, using “previously unreleased footage shot for ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens,'” says director J.J. Abrams.
“We desperately loved Carrie Fisher. Finding a truly satisfying conclusion to the Skywalker saga without her eluded us,” Abrams said in a statement. “We were never going to recast, or use a CG character.”
Abrams added that with “the support and blessing” from Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd, the film 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.”
Also finding life after death is Luke Skywalker, played by the very much alive Mark Hamill. Other original trilogy actors returning are Anthony Daniels, who has played the robot C-3PO, and Billy Dee Williams, who will once again portray Lando Calrissian.
Other cast mates returning to Star Wars: Episode IX include:
Daisy Ridley (Rey), Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), John Boyega (Finn), Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron), Lupita Nyong’o (Maz Kanata), Domhnall Gleeson (General Hux), Kelly Marie Tran (Rose Tico) , Joonas Suotamo (Chewbacca), and Billie Lourd returning as Lieutenant Connix.
New to the cast of Episode IX are Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, and Keri Russell
The Force Awakens Fan Reactions:
Carrie Fisher will appear in Episode IX using unreleased footage from The Force Awakens. In related news, Star Wars fans everywhere have been unable to stop smiling.
— Darth Vader (@DepressedDarth) July 27, 2018
me: not really excited about sw episode 9 hmmm
star wars: carrie fisher’s gonna be in episode 9
— gracie ?️? (@jakesperalta_) July 28, 2018
Omfg. Carrie Fisher will once again play Lea Organa and be in Star Wars episode 9.
— ? Isabella Cigno ? (@IsabellaCigno) July 27, 2018
Star Wars: Episode IX and Carrie Fisher’s death
Fisher died in 2016 after suffering a cardiac event on a flight from London to Los Angeles. She was 60. Following her death, Disney said that it had “no plans to digitally recreate Fisher’s performance. It was then that Disney also announced the return of Lando Calrissian.
Composer John Williams will return to score the film.
“Episode IX” will cap off Disney’s new trilogy of the space saga, which began with 2015’s “The Force Awakens.” That film, along with last year’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” have made more than $3 billion worldwide.
“Star Wars: Episode IX” filming begins on Aug. 1 and it’s expected to be released in December 2019.