Carrie Fisher's tragic death in late 2016 left the door open to a plethora of possibilities with her character Princess Leia's storyline.
BREAKiNG: The role of Leia Organa will once again be played by Carrie Fisher in Episode IX, using previously unreleased footage shot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. “We desperately loved Carrie Fisher,” says Abrams.". pic.twitter.com/qxATuAlRlZ— Star Wars Stuff (@starwarstuff) July 27, 2018
"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 [The Force Awakens]."
And much to the delight of Star Wars fans, there is now news that even more unseen footage will be used in Episode IX.
“I talked to Todd Fisher today about all of this and he has been talking with JJ Abrams about it," Sandell said on The Resistance Broadcast podcast. "I asked ... about The Last Jedi, and they are also using unused footage from The Last Jedi. I asked him how many minutes of footage they had from it and he said, 'I can't tell you that!'"
Yay! Her performance in TLJ was much better :) pic.twitter.com/Xmt051q6cS— Guy (@GodAllMighty12) August 3, 2018
Along with Fisher, Mark Hamill