Mark Hamill talks about the late Carrie Fisher at the Last Jedi press conference in Shanghai, saying, "It's a tribute to her entire career that she could culminate in this film." (21st December)
Walt Disney Studios announced Friday that Leia's role will once again be played by the late actress unpublished material filmed for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens".
Director JJ Abrams said the decision to show Fisher's Leia had the blessing of her daughter Billie Lourd and was the only way to honor Fisher's legacy for the latest installment of the Luke Skywalker Saga.
"We loved Carrie Fisher," Abrams said in a statement to StarWars.com. "Without them, we have escaped a truly satisfying conclusion to the Skywalker saga, we would never reshape or use a CG character, and with the support and blessing of their daughter Billie, we have found a way Carrie's legacy and role as Leia in" Episode IX "by using unseen material that we've cut together in" Episode VII. "
Fisher died in December 2016 after she filmed her role in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Leia appeared in "The Last Jedi" on December 15, 2017, with a dedication "In loving memory of our Princess Carrie Fisher."  More: Star Wars icon Carrie Fisher dies at 60
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"Star Wars: Episode IX" begins filming London's Pinewood Studios on August 1, with a Screenplay Abrams wrote with Chris Terrio.
Mark Hamill will play as hatch despite the character's uncertain fate at the end of "The Last Jedi".
The new statement also confirms that Billy Dee Williams plays his role as Lando Calrissian in the movie in "Episode IX"
New performers include Naomi Ackie and Richard E. Grant in unspecified roles.
Grant, who was seen as a drug-loving jobless actor in the British cult movie "Withnail and I", was over the casting casting moon.
"I saw @starwars in 1977 when I was at the Drama School, acting in the final episode of the 2018 Skywalker trilogy feels like an out-of-body experience!" he wrote on Twitter.
The new "Star Wars" will be released December 2019.
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