Star Wars Episode 9 Cast Includes Carrie Fisher By Using Old Footage

Unused The Force Awakens footage is being recycled for Episode IX.

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Despite previous statements to the contrary, the late Carrie Fisher will reprise her role as Leia Organa in the upcoming Star Wars Episode IX. Lucasfilm confirmed the news as part of a broader announcement regarding casting and other details, which also revealed that Mark Hamill will be in the new movie. [Update: Hamill has now spoken about the prospect of making Episode IX without Fisher.]

In a post on the official Star Wars website, Lucasfilm said it will use "previously unreleased footage shot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens" in order to include Fisher, who passed away in December 2016. Notably, Episode IX is being directed by JJ Abrams, who also helmed The Force Awakens before Rian Johnson took over for The Last Jedi, which was thought to be Fisher's final Star Wars role.

"We desperately loved Carrie Fisher," Abrams said in a statement. "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."

This news comes as a surprise. Fisher's brother said last year that "recent footage" of the actress would be used to allow her to make an appearance in Episode IX. But Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy later denied this was the case, stating that Fisher would not be included in the movie. Prior to that, Lucasfilm said it would not recreate her using CGI.

It's unclear at this point exactly what caused Lucasfilm to reverse its decision, but fans of Fisher will no doubt be excited to see her in her most famous role one last time.

Alongside Fisher, Episode IX's cast will feature a variety of returning actors, including Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, and Billie Lourd. Episode IX also sees Billy Dee Williams reprise his role as Lando Calrissian. Notably, Mark Hamill is also said to be among the cast members.

Episode IX is set for release in December 2019.

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only the complete evisceration of jar jar binks and all responsible for last jedi will get me in to see number 9. i'm not holding my breath.

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@lkk102466: >Rian's The Last Jedi - "the jedi legacy is one of failure"

>Ignores 10,000 years of Star Wars history where the Jedi successfully kept peace and maintained an intergalactic empire

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Never thought I'd say it but I'm definitely done with SW, I watched TLJ twice on opening day, the second time around just to make sure I saw what I thought I saw. I thought I saw an incoherent mess and I was right. I just couldn't bring myself to watch another.

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@fishnpeas1: Same reason I saw it twice, too. I was like "It's Star Wars, maybe my expectations were just too high?" Nope. Awful and never been so pissed off after a movie.

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@arkhamace: may i just ask, strictly out of curiosity...what in heaven's name made you sit through 'mary leia poppins' twice?

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@lkk102466: "same reason I saw it twice, too." Just like the OP, because I had to make sure it was actually that bad. I thought maybe I just had way too high expectations and that it may not have actually sucked. But it did. And here we are.

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But of course they scramble to bring as much of the old cast back as possible. The new blood turned out to be full of clots.

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@PETERAKO: I think that's been the writing more than anything.

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@Mogan: It is the writing, not the acting

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I am sorry but I lost any sort of hype or respect for any of the new Star Wars films... Must of them are close to abominations.

I liked the second wave of films from the 2000's, especially the third closing part but this new wave is focusing on so much trash instead of actually making a good movie... I feel like we lost the universe of Star Wars to things like greed and PC.

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How the heck will they make it work...? I am curious, but dang it will be sad... she won't be here to speak at any related event about Episode 9...

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They really wrote themselves into a pit with The Last Jedi...

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@Poodger: I mean, I think that's more Carrie Fisher passing away suddenly than The Last Jedi leaving itself nowhere to go. They put their bet on the wrong OG cast member. : \

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Didn't Carrie pass before The Last Jedi released?

Why didn't they just edit the movie pre-release to have Leia die when she got blasted into space instead of having her magically float back to the ship?

Maybe I'm fuzzy here on the timelines with when she passed, and when TLJ released.

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@aross2004: That's honestly how I thought it was gonna go when I saw that scene. I was like "oh shit, that was quick." Then she does some intergalactic superman impersonation in space and I'm like "wtf?"

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@aross2004: ok, that's all i'm asking...the sad tragic death of a beloved character to bring a tear to the most jaded viewer or mary poppins which pretty much caused everyone to vomit with rage? was it REALLY that hard a choice??

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@aross2004: She died at the end of 2016. Editing the movie might have been best, but that'd have involved re-writes and re-shoots for her scenes later in the film, delayed the movie for a while, and cost them a bunch more money. By the time Carrie Fisher passed, I'd guess Disney already had a lot of co-marketing deals in place for The Last Jedi, that involved the movie coming out Holiday 2017.

Also, that's probably the expected solution, and it sure seems like old Rian Johnson had his heart set on doing absolutely nothing anybody expected with The Last Jedi. : \

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@aross2004: In a way I agree that they should have edited the "Marry Poppins / Superwoman" scene (no disrespect to Carrie, RIP) to give her a tragic but epic departure from the series (it was her Force power that held the ship together as much as she could to save the others that ejected her in to space, according to the novel). They had plenty of time to do so, but Rian (and surely Darth Kathy) didn't want to waste ANY footage they had of her (no matter how good or bad).

But with JJ back and having un-used footage, maybe they can make her sensible in 9, instead of us reading that she "died in her sleep on board the Millennium Falcon" at the beginning scroll of the movie... Rumor has it she was supposed to have a much BIGGER role in 9, even fighting Kylo Ren herself, though I doubt footage without CGI can achieve that now. But I welcome her in to the film in any form

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@aross2004: Because Rian Johnson trolled Star Wars as a franchise.

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I know this movie will gonna "flop", similar to the recent Han Solo movie... But I am still curious about it, not gonna lie. I don't really care about SW, this current Rey story is kinda boring and she is a AWFUL protagonist... But Kylo Ren remains interesting, also to witness how the public will react to this movie, lol I can already see the flames. For multiple accounts, it seems Disney was able to recover the investment and still earn a little profit, but it's crazy how fast they killed this brand. As a "outsider", just a person curious about marketing directives and public perception, this whole Star Wars mess is very interesting to me.

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@gleencross: Dude, there is no way Episode 9 will flop. It may very well be bad, but there are legions of fans who are going to go see this movie because it's Star Wars: Episode 9 and it's going to get an absolute ton of marketing.

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@Mogan: idk man, the fanbase seems to be divided for real. And I used quotations, lol I know the movie will still gross a lot of money, but it will sure be less than episode 7 and 8, maybe a huge percentage, like 30% less money

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@gleencross: Maybe. I'll be surprised if Episode 9 doesn't do tall dollars, but I'd be kinda happy if it didn't. Might wake up Disney to the idea that these episodes haven't been real good and they need to rethink some things.

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@Mogan: They need to stop giving these major movie productions to small time directors, for one thing. Rian Johnson, wtf were they thinking? Solo was salvaged with Ron Howard, but it was in the hands of a director who worked on the "Lego Movie" beforehand.

JJ Abrams has been a gift to the franchise (the reboot master) and hopefully he can salvage 9.

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@nabinator: Ehhh, The Force Awakens was no great shakes. I’d rather watch a JJ Abrams EP9 than a Rian Johnson one, but not by much.

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@nabinator: Well, Abrams starts his mysteries, but he never finishes them. It used to be cool, but nowadays people are sick of his shit. All the possible storylines were erased in episode 9, so the only thing he can do now... Well, finish Kylo Ren without his CGi master, conclude the story of "rey from nowhere", etc.. It's too shallow, there's not much there. If Rey goes dark or Kylo goes light, just as a cheap twist, both outcomes will not make sense because previous movies didn't settled anything. We are not watching proper sequels, that's the main problem imo. It's not about small time directors, it's about them telling isolated stories. Last jedi starts right after the last movie, literally 5 seconds later, lol And the movie looks completely disconnected. I still remember a dude from screen junkies, the one who uses a hat all the time, Dan or something... he talked just that, it makes no sense if a trilogy has no connection, why waste all the lose ends like that? And I agreed with him, last jedi is so disconnected and closed, if feels like a conclusion instead of a "bridge" sequel. Disney did a good job with their MCU, a bunch of movies, 10 years, etc.. And they fell connected. Now Star Wars, a franchise knows by their closed trilogies.. only 3 movies and they can't get the job done? It's hilarious, lol

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@gleencross: I see your point and like what you're saying. You're right, Marvel is a great example of this (which ironically is still bloody Disney). The Last Jedi is just so jarring in comparison to the Force Awakens. Even other star wars actually.

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@nabinator: Yep, in theory Disney "knows" how to prepare multiple sequels, they have the experience with the MCU. But their Star Wars are not doing so well quality wise. The money is there, of course, but the audience is divided. It's funny how most of the critics uses the excess of fan service as a negative. Even Game of Thrones is suffering the same criticism, I finished the 7th season some days ago and I noticed a lot of people complaining about this. Fan service used to be something positive not so long ago, I assume the superhero movies are the "culprit". The excess of fan service, constantly for 10+ years, now Star Wars is overusing them as well, game of thones, etc.. Finally people are getting sick of this. Fan service just for the sake it.. I've never liked this. And we have tbh, just like you considered Abrams the "reboot master"... Well, episode 7 has tons of fan service, lol Some are used in a smart way, others are just exaggerated, but most people liked that movie. If Abrams delivers the same thing in episode 9, he can maybe bring back some of the fans who got frustrated with episode 8. But with the fan service factor being criticized, idk man, perhaps not even Abrams can save this trilogy.

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@gleencross: Fanservice needs to be treated like sprinkles on a cake. A little bit is fine, great for decoration. You make an entire cake out of it, and it's disgusting.

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@nabinator: You perfectly summed it up, lol I need to train my english a little more. The outrage in the GoT fanbase is really something interesting to see, I'm curious to see how long Star Wars and the MCU will avoid this. When the product becomes too mainstream, the implosion can sometimes be unavoidable. Imagine if Kylo Ren turns at the last moment, dying as a vindicated villain... just like grandpa vader. Oh boy, the SW fans will go insane lol

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@gleencross: Kylo Ren, in my eyes, is in a weird place now. He's not evil or horrible enough to be the big bad villain of the trilogy. But he's also passed up too many chances for redemption already. To do it at the end of 9 is just far too conventional. He kinda has no choice now but to fight until his inevitable death. They wrote him until a hole. Who else is Rey and the team going to fight anyway?

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@nabinator: Exactly, there's no lead up for him to turn, but Abrams can do that anyway just for shock value. Or he achieve the same goal by letting him win. Either way, if the series ends without a clever twist, just Rey defeating Kylo and the galaxy is at peace again, this is so boring and predictable. Rey already defeated Kylo, in the second movie she looks stronger than him, if she wins a third time.. Well, what is the point of even have a villain then? This is the main argument, there's not much they can do with the current material. There's always a chance that Abrams can go outside the box and surprise everyone with unforeseen concepts. But, unlike you, I don't think he is capable of that, the "reboot master". He is good at using fan service and creating mysteries, I give you that, but to finish a story is another thing. The story only have 2 possibilities, either Kylo wins or Rey wins. The outside the box route is maybe create a love story for them...? Even without any build up for that (unless you consider the shirtless scene a build up, lol) I can't think of anything else really.

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@gleencross: Ah, will be interesting. I was very impressed with Abrams' take on Star Trek. Into Darkness, the sequel, was incredible and Abram's finest work in my opinion. The third movie, Beyond, was terrible, but Abrams didn't touch that.

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I’m on board with this. It’s the only way to finish her story, and they wouldn’t let it happen if it wasn’t going to be done right. I’m sure it’ll be edited well. I’m glad they’re doing this.

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@thephenom921: show of hands: who was jazzed out of their minds with the trailers and then ready to punch someone out when leaving the theater?

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@thephenom921: they let a lot of things happen in the last movie that were not done right....

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@Poodger: I’m not of that opinion because I liked the Last Jedi. Was it the best Star Wars movie? Nope. But I like when directors make a movie their own. I’ve wanted something different from Star Wars and I got it with TLJ. I’m happy that Abrams is back for episode 9 though. I think he will finish off the trilogy the right way. Force Awakens was a great re-introduction to old characters and a good introduction to the new ones. I completely disagree with people who think Disney is killing Star Wars.

Edit: I thought Solo was fantastic and I’m super bummed people didn’t go see it. It deserved better.

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@thephenom921:"But I like when directors make a movie their own."

I'm usually in agreement when it comes to that statement, but being apart of a trilogy work with two directors means the director does need to make some sacrifices. Working with each other to produce a consistent film that doesn't ruin the vision for future entries is far more important.

I do believe Abrams is fluid enough in his creation of films, so it may just be turning out different from the expected vision and may not have ruined such.

Personally, I very much disliked TLJ. Core issues for me were the fluff and character decisions/personalities that made very little sense or were inconsistent. Yes, it was a stressful situation, but trained/veteran members of the Resistance would never handle situations that way. The early Rebels pre-Galactic Civil War were far smarter then them, and many of their cells hardly had communication with each other (Wouldn't even count all of them apart of the same faction).

Now there were some great characters in it and consistency of existing characters that were done quite well. In particular I felt Ren and Hux were fairly consistent and represented correctly.

Who the hell thought that the FO fleet formation was a good idea too? I guess you can blame Hux though, after all he is an idiot who probably advanced through nepotism (Though a 12 year old could tell him that was a bad idea).

I totally just went on a rant, my bad. There were just so many things that bothered me about TLJ. Though I agree with you on Solo, I liked the old Legend's canon more, but Solo was pretty good still.

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@Smosh150: I'm exactly the same as you. Severely disliked TLJ for so many reasons that spat not only in the Force Awakens, but in the face of previous movies. Solo was surprisingly decent, and I believe its box office failure is due to TLJ's dividing of its fans.

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Totally expected, RIP Carrie Fisher.

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Oh no. Please, no. I hate it when this kind of thing happens. Not only is it creepy as hell, it (not sure if this is the right term for a movie, but we all play games so I'm using it) breaks immersion, because as soon as she (or any other dead actor) pops on the screen, you know what they're up to and there's this "Whoa, it's [dead actor]" instead of thinking "Hey, it's [character]" which is what you're supposed to be thinking when you watch a movie.

I get that Leia is important to the whole story/universe. But there's got to be a way to deal with Carrie Fisher's death that isn't this.

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@olddadgamer: If a series like The Fast and Furious can give Paul Walker a touching, well executed send off, I'm sure Disney can handle it for Carrie Fisher.

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@Mogan: Fair.

Still kinda weird, though.

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@olddadgamer: So you can't watch the original Star Wars movies anymore because a dead actress is in them? You make no sense. Maybe if they used a CG Leia there might be a creepy factor but that is not the case.

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@lokostilll: Seems like you totally missed the point. It's creepy/weird when a dead actor is used in a NEW movie.

The only exception to that is if a movie is already finished, but an actor in it dies before it is released. But even that can be a bit unsettling.

Not that hard to understand really.

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@aross2004:Even more so when the scenes they will be using for her in said new movie are from a totally other movie (Not even the immediate one behind it). So pretty much 4-5 year old footage will be released with Episode 9 when the actress dead will be three years gone and has never seen anything on Episode 9 and its development.

Though it isn't bad as Peter Cushing "reprising" his role as Grand Moff Tarkin. Don't get me wrong, Tarkin is one of my favorite Star Wars characters, but that was very strange bringing him back with CGI. It isn't like this is an animated show where characters in it don't portray real life people and can live on past a voice actor's death.

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@Smosh150: tarkin was done a whole lot better than CGI Leia at the end, even her voice sounded canned.

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@lkk102466: Ahh yes, totally forgot about that appearance. Definitely agree with you, really didn't need for her to be in it anyway. I feel most of the fans would automatically assume that the corvette was the same one used in Episode 4 (It was hardly ever shown anywhere else in the original trilogy). Even then the Rebels still have possession of it so that is really enough.

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