The force is truly strong once again as Leia will make her return.
Over the weekend, Disney announced that the character of General Leia will return in Star Wars: Episode IX, which begins production on Wednesday. However, there will be no CGI or motion capture to bring the character, immortalized by the late Carrie Fisher.
It has been revealed that there is unused footage of Fisher, who passed away in 2016, from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, that will be inserted into the new installment, which will be helmed by J.J. Abrams, who directed the aforementioned Force Awakens. The decision has been fully supported by Todd Fisher, Carrie’s brother. It has also been revealed that Mark Hamill will also return to his iconic role of Luke Skywalker while Billy Dee Williams will return to the franchise in his role of Lando Calrissian, who first appeared in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Donald Glover recently played a young version of the character in Solo: A Star Wars Story.
Returning for the new installment as well as Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, Oscar Isaac as Poe, and Adam Driver as Kylo Ren. Carrie’s daughter Billie Lourd (Lt. Connix), Kelly Marie Tran (Rose), Joonas Suotamo (Chewbacca), Lupita Nyogo’o (Maz), and Domhnall Gleeson (Gen. Hux) are returning as well alongside new cast members Naomi Ackie, Keri Russell, and Richard E. Grant.
Star Wars: Episode IX begins shooting Wednesday for a December 20, 2019 release date.