"We desperately loved Carrie Fisher. Finding a truly satisfying conclusion to the Skywalker saga without her eluded us," director, writer, and producer J.J. Abrams said.
"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."
Episode IX will also see Mark Hamill return as Luke Skywalker.
And Billy Dee Williams will also be back as Lando Calrissian.
Other cast members who will return for the next installment include Lupita Nyong’o, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Kelly Marie Tran, Daisy Ridley, and Joonas Suotamo.
Billie Lourd, Fisher's daughter, will also be back for Star Wars: Episode IX.
The movie begins filming next week and is scheduled to be released in December 2019.