Carrie Fisher will be in the new 'Star Wars' film thanks to unused footage from 'The Force Awakens'

LucasfilmCarrie Fisher will appear in the new film.
  • Carrie Fisher died in 2016, but that won’t keep her from appearing in the new “Star Wars: Episode IX” film.
  • Director J.J. Abrams revealed on a panel that there were enough unused scenes of Fisher from “The Force Awakens” for her to play a role in the new movie.
  • He also promised she won’t be in CGI.

“Star Wars” fans have been eagerly following Friday’s “Star Wars” Celebration in Chicago for more details on the final film in the most recent saga. What many of them likely weren’t expecting is the revelation that late actress Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) will still play a part in the new movie, and it won’t be through CGI.

Director J.J. Abrams revealed on a panel today that Fisher will not only be in the upcoming “Star Wars: Episode IX” film, but that they decided to craft her narrative around unused scenes from “The Force Awakens.”

“She was the best,” he told Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and Stephen Colbert. “She was glorious. She was amazing. It was impossible [to fill the void she left], there was no way. What are you gonna do?”

Thankfully, the solution was right in front of them.

Leia the force awakens carrie fisherDisneyShe won’t be in CGI.

“The weird miracle of having had a number of scenes from ‘The Force Awakens’ that had gone unused, looking at those scenes and starting to understand there was actually a way to use those scenes to continue her story so it would be her,” he revealed.

This is a big departure from what Kennedy told “Good Morning America” back in the spring of 2017.

“Sadly, Carrie will not be in IX,” she answered interviewers despite swirling rumours.

But in the panel Friday, Abrams promised that Carrie not only won’t be in CGI in the new film but that the team instead decided to write new scenes based around the existing footage of her.

“The craziest part is how not crazy it feels,” he concluded. “She’s there in these scenes.”

Shortly after Abrams’ comments, a teaser trailer for the upcoming film was released and true to his word, it showed Fisher as General Leia Organa embracing Rey, played by Daisy Ridley.

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