Mirror: Carrie Fisher to appear in new 'Star Wars' film

Late actress Carrie Fisher will appear as Princess Leia in the latest Star Wars film using the previously recorded footage.

In a recently released cast list, it was revealed that Carrie will return to fight the Dark Side in Star Wars: Episode IX.

Director J.J. Abrams said that Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd, gave her permission to include her in the movie, which will use unseen footage from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, as reported by Mirror.

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Carrie, who was nominated for three Saturn Awards because of her role in the Star Wars films, died at the age of 60 on December 27, 2016, after a heart attack on a flight.

“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," Mirror quoted Director J.J. Abrams as saying.

“With the support and blessing from her daughter, Billie, we have found a way to ­honour Carrie's legacy and role as Leia in Episode IX by using unseen ­footage we shot together in Episode VII.”

Billy Dee Williams will reprise his role as Rebel hero Lando Calrissian. Richard E Grant will also join the cast.

Mark Hamill, who shot to fame in the first Star Wars film, will return as Luke Skywalker.

Anthony Daniels, who is the only cast member to have starred in all the franchise’s major films, is back as well.

British actress Naomi Ackie will make her Star Wars debut. Alongside John Boyega, Lupita Nyong’o and Domhnall Gleeson, Daisy Ridley will return as Rey.

Filming for Episode IX begins next week in Pinewood Studios in London. The next sci-fi film, which does not have a title yet, is scheduled for release in December 2019.

Star Wars holds a Guinness World Records title for the "Most successful film merchandising franchise."

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