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The Force Awakens: Carrie Fisher and Luke Skywalker back from the dead

Written By | Jul 27, 2018
The Force Awakens, Star Wars: Episode IX, Jacquie Kubin

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

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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.

Jacquie Kubin

Jacquie Kubin

Jacquie Kubin is an award-winning writer and wanderer. She turns her thoughts to an eclectic mix of stories - from politics to sports. Restless by nature and anxious to experience new things, both in the real world and online, Jacquie mostly shares travel and culinary highlights, introduces readers to the chefs and creative people she meets and shares the tips, life and travel information people want to read.