Mark Hamill addresses Carrie Fisher's posthumous role in 'Star Wars: Episode IX'

Mark Hamill addresses Carrie Fisher's posthumous role in 'Star Wars: Episode IX'

Mark Hamill addresses Carrie Fisher's posthumous role in 'Star Wars: Episode IX'

Fisher will play the role of Princess Leia again, with the previously unseen footage coming from the 2015 film Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Fisher's co-star and close friend Mark Hamill shared his feelings about Fisher's inclusion in the next Star Wars film, calling the moment 'bittersweet.' Yeah, still crying.

Under the circumstances, this is perhaps the most respectful way of ending Leia's story without simply leaving her out of the final chapter entirely. Hamill also said that Fisher "would love the worldwide outpouring of affection" after the news broke that she would appear in Episode IX. "We were never going to recast, or use a CG character", he added in a statement.

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J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: Episode IX begins principal photography tomorrow at Pinewood Studios and the first location photo has surfaced.

As part of Friday's cast announcement, Lucasfilm said the ninth film will use previously shot footage from "The Force Awakens", which allows them to keep Fisher's character, General Leia Organa, in the new movie. Fisher's brother, Todd Fisher, was the one who revealed past year that Episode IX could feature unused footage of his sister.

Returning cast members include Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, and Billie Lourd.

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Though there is no word on when the studio chose to go this route, on Friday Abrams said via statement, "We desperately loved Carrie Fisher". Donald Glover recently portrayed a younger version of Lando in Solo: A Star Wars Story.

New to the Star Wars franchise are actors Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, and Keri Russell. Abrams has co-written the screenplay with Chris Terrio.

Billy Dee Williams and Anthony Daniels are among the other Star Wars veterans who have been lined up to appear in Episode IX. Hamill called Williams' homecoming "long overdue", while referencing some of his own lines from the Star Wars films.

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