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Star Wars IX Cast Will Include Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher at arrivals for BRIGHT LIGHTS: STARRING CARRIE FISHER AND DEBBIE REYNOLDS Premiere at the 54th New York Film Festival, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, New York, NY October 10, 2016. Photo By: Derek Storm
Photo By: Derek Storm

Carrie Fisher Has Not Made Her Last Star Wars Appearance

The cast for the upcoming Star Wars film has been finalized. Expectedly, the major cast members from the two previous films will be returning. These include Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Kelly Marie Tran, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Adam Driver, Joonas Suotamo, and Billie Lourd. Composer John Williams will also be returning to score this film. Other actors among the cast include newcomers Naomi Ackie, Keri Russell and Richard E. Grant. Most notably, there are four returning characters from the original Star Wars trilogy: Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams), C-3PO (Anthony Daniels), Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), and Leia Organa. 

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Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa – image copyright Disney/Lucasfilm

The last two examples of returning actors are especially notable. Star Wars fans will recall that Luke Skywalker died in Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Leia’s actress, Carrie Fisher, passed away in late 2016.  Leia is returning through unused footage from Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Why Not?

Here’s director/producer JJ Abrams on the decision to bring Leia back to a galaxy far, far away:

“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.”

Although fans will likely love to see Fisher and Leia again, it’s not clear how this will affect the plot structure. However, it’s hard to imagine a main-trilogy film without her. 

Star Wars IX is expected in theaters on 20 December 2019. Disney and Lucasfilm have not yet announced the film’s subtitle. 

What do you think about this Star Wars IX casting? Do you think that the Skywalker legacy could go on without General Leia Organa? Talk about it in the comments!


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