Carrie Fisher's Princess Leia WILL Return in 'Star Wars: Episode IX'

Buried in the Star Wars: Episode IX casting confirmations today came the news that our dearly departed Carrie Fisher will indeed be returning to the galaxy far, far away as Princess General Leia Organa.

Carrie Fisher's Princess Leia WILL Return in 'Star Wars: Episode IX'

In the big announcement posted today on Star was the information (along with a statement) about how J.J. Abrams will be including Fisher's Leia after the icon's passing in 2016. The production will use previously unreleased footage of Fisher from Star Wars: The Force Awakens in order to pull this off.

Abrams said:

"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."

This, at least, will NOT be a broken promise on the side of Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy, who previously vowed the ninth installment (and final chapter in the Skywalker Saga) would NOT use CGI to complete the arc of our favorite self-rescuing rebel princess as was used in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

We will let you know when any additional information is released about the production, which is set to hit theaters in December of 2019.

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Mary Anne ButlerAbout Mary Anne Butler

Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool. 

Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always). 

 Interviews, reviews, observations, breaking news, and objective reporting are the name of the game for the founder of Harkonnen Knife Fight, a Dune-themed band with an international presence. 

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