BBC reports that it was announced last week that Star Wars: Episode IX would see Fisher featured as Princess Leia Organa. However, the biggest news was learning that Disney and Lucasfilm planned for the late Carrie Fisher to appear in the next film as well.
Filming for the production begins in London on August 1.
It's been confirmed that production will begin in August, with Abrams directing from a script written by himself and Chris Terrio (Argo, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice), and nearly all of the cast is coming back.
Star Wars: Episode IX - which has yet to have a full title - will be released in December 2019. Speculation can now continue as to whether Luke Skywalker will be back as a Force ghost or if he will demonstrate even more impressive Force prowess. Episode IX will be the sequel to Star Wars: The Last Jedi and the final installment in the Star Wars trilogy.
Other returning cast members include Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran and Joonas Suotamo.
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Director J.J. Abrams said the decision to use previously recorded footage was made with the support from Fisher's daughter, Billie Lourd, who is also cast in "Episode IX".
This will bring her character's story to an end.
There was always the option to write Leia out of the story, adjust a certain scene in Episode VIII, recast, or recreate her with CG, but now Carrie will get to be honored and posthumously play Leia one final time.
"Finding a truly satisfying conclusion to the Skywalker saga without her eluded us", he shared in a statement issued to Variety.
Composer John Williams, who has scored every chapter in the "Star Wars" saga, continues his unbroken run for the next adventure.