Carrie Fisher gets one last moment in the galactic sun.
She will return for Star Wars: Episode IX with director J.J. Abrams uses previously unused footage of the deceased actress to complete the story of Leia Organa.
The news came with today's cast announcement for the film, which contained confirmation that Billy Dee Williams will take over the role of Lando Calrissian and Mark Hamill will return as Luke Skywalker. His "You see, kid" promise to Kylo Ren will be fulfilled clearly.
C-3PO actor Anthony Daniels, the only actor involved in every single Star Wars movie, is also back
New actors include Naomi Ackie and Richard E. Grant in unspecified roles alongside returning fellow actors Daisy Ridley, Adam Boyder, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo and Billie Lourd
Ackie, last year's most promising Newcomer won a British Independent Film Award, is best known for playing the mostly dumb housemaid Anna in the drama of the dark time of 201
The real surprise of the announcement was the decision to return to Leia history and use previous material.
The footage of Fisher, who died in December 2016 after completing his work on The Last Jedi, is all unpublished material from her performance in 2015 The Force Awakens.
Since Fims's premature death, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy has said that she will not transform or use digitization to keep the character going.
Abrams says that there was no way to find the story of him and Argo Oscar winner Chris Terrio, without finding a way to somehow bring their character back.
"We loved Carrie Fisher," Abrams said in a statement. "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 to track Carrie's legacy and role as Leia in Episode IX to honor by using the unseen footage we've cut together in Episode VII. "
Lourd co-stars as the Resistance Lieutenant Connix series and was frequently in scenes with her mother.
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Missing From the cast list was any mention of Keri Russell, a frequent Abrams employee from the TV series Felicity and Mission: Impossible 3 . Sources said she was close to signing for a role, but sometimes other actors were added later.
UPDATE: It did not take long. Now Russell has been added to the official cast list. Guess the ink has finally dried.
The news will relieve fans of Lando Calrissian who have asked Williams to return to the series in each of the previous two saga films. Finally, we'll see what happened to Cloud City's former baron and intergalactic rogue.
Hamill has made no secret of his desire to return as Luke Skywalker and explains his hope that he could play the role in spirit form after the glimpse End of the Jedi Warrior at the end of The Last Jedi ,
The announcement also confirmed that the veteran composer John Williams would be back after Episode IX after making only a small contribution to the original music for Solo: A Star Wars Story (although a lot of inspiration)
The only Star Wars films he did not fully compose were solo, a work to write to John Powell and Rogue One, made by Michael Giacchino.
Here are more credits announced today:  The still untitled Episode IX is produced by Kathleen Kennedy, JJ. Abrams and Michelle Rejwan and Executive Producers of Callum Greene and Jason McGatlin.
The crew includes cinematographer Dan Mindel, production designer Rick Carter and Kevin Jenkins, costume designer Michael Kaplan, creature and droid design guru Neal Scanlan, editors Maryann Brandon and Stefan Grube, visual effects supervisor Roger Guyett, first assistant director Tommy Gormley and second director Victoria Mahoney
Shooting will begin on August 1 at Pinewood Studios outside London with a release scheduled for December 2019.