Disney and Lucasfilm have announced the cast of "Star Wars: Episode IX", confirming two major achievements.
Billy Dee Williams returns to his role as Lando Calrissian and Carrie Fisher will be featured as Leia Organa in the finale. Installation of the Skywalker saga featuring previously unreleased footage shot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Fisher died in December 2016 at the age of 60.
Mark Hamill will also return, with Luke Skywalker appearing in "The Last Jedi" and Anthony Daniels playing his role again at C-3PO. Naomi Ackie and Richard E. Grant have also joined the cast.
"We have not been able to find a truly satisfying conclusion for the Skywalker saga, we would never recast or use a CG character," director J.J. Abrams said in a statement. "With the support and blessings of her daughter Billie, we have found a way to honor Carrie's legacy and role as Leia in Episode IX by using unseen material that we filmed in Episode VII."
Abrams wrote "Episode IX with" with Chris Terrio. Recurring performers include Daisy Ridley, Adam Boyger, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo and Billie Lourd. John Williams will return to set the film to music. [1
"Star Wars: Episode IX" is due to be released in December 2019.