Late Star Wars actor Carrie Fisher will be returning to the big screen with Star Wars: Episode IX. According to the Star Wars official website, the role of Leia Organa will be portrayed by Fisher herself, using previously unreleased footage shot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
In a statement, director J.J. Abrams said, “We desperately loved Carrie Fisher. Finding a truly satisfying conclusion to the Skywalker saga without her eluded us. We were never going to recast or use a CG character. With the support and blessing from her daughter, Billie, we have found a way to honor Carrie’s legacy and role as Leia in Episode IX by using unseen footage we shot together in Episode VII.”