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Next Star Wars Film Will Have a Beloved Character

The late Carrie Fisher will appear, thanks to the use of old footage
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 28, 2018 7:00 AM CDT
Surprise: Carrie Fisher Will Be in Next Star Wars Film
This image released by Lucasfilm shows Carrie Fisher as General Leia in "Star Wars: The Last Jedi."   (Lucasfilm via AP)

(Newser) – Excellent news for fans of Princess Leia. Or in this case, General Leia. The late Carrie Fisher will appear in the upcoming Star Wars film thanks to unused footage, reports People. Director JJ Abrams announced the move Friday, and he said it had the blessing of Fisher's daughter, Billie Lourd. Star Wars: Episode IX, which caps the latest trilogy in the series, is due in theaters late next year, reports CNN. "We desperately loved Carrie Fisher," said Abrams. "Finding a truly satisfying conclusion to the Skywalker saga without her eluded us," (and) "we were never going to recast, or use a CG character." Fisher died in 2016 at age 60 of cardiac arrest. (See more stories about Fisher here.)

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