Todd Fisher, the brother of the late Carrie Fisher, says he couldn’t be more thrilled or happy that his sister will be seen in the role Princess Leia once more in the upcoming J.J. Abrams-directed “Star Wars Episode IX” for Lucasfilm and Walt Disney Pictures.
Fisher issued a statement today in the wake of the film’s casting announcement yesterday that confirmed Carrie Fisher would appear in the new film using previously filmed footage shot during the making of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”.
“As we, her family, as well as her extended family of fans around the world so believe, Carrie’s Princess Leia is forever entrenched in the franchise and her indelible presence is fundamental to the film. J.J. Abrams understood Carrie’s iconic role, and he has masterfully re-crafted this final entry to include this unused and very last footage of Carrie ever taken, without resorting to CGI or animatronics. Our family and her fans will look forward with great anticipation for this one! Her force will forever be with us!”
“Star Wars: Episode IX” will begin filming August 1st at London’s Pinewood Studios, with Naomi Ackie and Richard E. Grant joining returning cast members from the previous films including Mark Hamill, while Billy Dee Williams will reprise his Lando Calrissian role from the original trilogy. The film opens December 20th 2019.