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The "Star Wars: Episode IX" Cast Has Been Unveiled, And It Includes Carrie Fisher

The next Star Wars movie will include previously unreleased footage of Carrie Fisher from The Force Awakens. Billy Dee Williams is also coming back as Lando Calrissian.

Posted on July 27, 2018, at 5:05 p.m. ET

The late Carrie Fisher will still appear as Princess Leia in the upcoming Star Wars: Episode IX, Disney and Lucasfilm announced Friday.

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With her family's blessing, Fisher will appear in the film using previously unreleased footage shot during Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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"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.

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"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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Episode IX will also see Mark Hamill return as Luke Skywalker.

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And Billy Dee Williams will also be back as Lando Calrissian.

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Anthony Daniels will also return as C-3PO.

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.

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Naomi Ackie and Richard E. Grant are two new cast members.

Billie Lourd, Fisher's daughter, will also be back for Star Wars: Episode IX.

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The movie begins filming next week and is scheduled to be released in December 2019.

Meet the cast of Star Wars: Episode IX. Beginning filming next week.