Star Wars: Episode IX will give Leia a ‘fitting’ send-off through unseen Carrie Fisher scenes

It’s official: Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher are going to be in Star Wars: Episode IX, as the saga that bares their characters’ family name comes to a close.

StarWars.com lists the pair as returning cast members for the final film in the Skywalker saga, which reaches its climax 2019.

The return of the dearly, dearly departed Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia is confirmed following comments from J.J. Abrams, who’ll direct Episode IX after regaining the reins from Rian Johnson.

Rather than using an digital solution as with Rogue One wasn’t on the table so previously unreleased footage shot by Abrams during the filming of The Force Awakens will form the basis of the scenes.

“We desperately loved Carrie Fisher,” Abrams said. “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.”

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The return of Hamill as Luke Skywalker – THE LAST JEDI SPOILERS AHEAD FOR ROCK DWELLING FOLKS – will probably be in the form of a force ghost following his demise at the end of The Last Jedi.

We’d envision him popping up to to give Rey a pep-talk during a moment of ontological insecurity, as Yoga and Obi-Wan often did during Luke’s own moments of strife. However, it could also be via flashback scenes based upon his previous experiences with Rey, or his troubled nephew Kylo Ren.

Luke and Leia will, of course, join their old foe/friend Lando Calrissian, as Billy Dee Williams returns to the cast. Other returning cast members include Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Anthony Daniels, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, and Carrie Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourd.

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