Although Carrie Fisher has passed away, Princess Leia will still be appearing in the upcoming next installment of the Star Wars film franchise. Her daughter Billie Lourd has given the studio permission to use unused footage from Force Awakens in the upcoming film.
"We desperately loved Carrie Fisher. Finding a truly satisfying conclusion to the Skywalker saga without her eluded us," remarked director J.J. Abrams.
Abrams went on to say that he and the rest of the production never intended to cast someone else in the role, or do a CGI rendering of Fisher.
This comes as a surprise to most Star Wars fans, who assumed that The Last Jedi would be Leia's final appearance.
Also joining Fisher on the cast will be Mark Hamill, reprising his role as Luke Skywalker. The movie will also feature Billy Dee Williams, in a long-anticipated appearance as Lando Calrissian.
Joining the familiar faces will be new actors Keri Russell, Naomi Ackie and Richard E. Grant.
Episode IX is set to be released in December of 2019, and will begin filming next month.
Will the Leia appearance make sense? Or will it be awkwardly crowbarred into the plot? Only time will tell.