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Carrie Fisher's Brother Supports Her Appearance in 'Episode IX'

Todd Fisher, the brother of the late Carrie Fisher, is speaking out in support of the decision to use unreleased footage of the actress as Princess Leia in the upcoming Star Wars: Episode IX.

The film’s director JJ Abrams announced that her daughter Billie Lourd has also given her blessing.

“I couldn’t be more personally thrilled and happy that our Carrie will reprise her role as Princess Leia in the new and final Star Wars Episode IX, using previously unreleased footage of her shot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” Todd said in a statement to Variety.

“As we, her family, as well as her extended family of fans around the world so believe, Carrie’s ‘Princess Leia’ is forever entrenched in the franchise and her indelible presence is fundamental to the film. J.J. Abrams understood Carrie’s iconic role, and he has masterfully re-crafted this final entry to include this unused and very last footage of Carrie ever taken, without resorting to CGI or animatronics. Our family and her fans will look forward with great anticipation for this one!” he added.

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'Star Wars: Episode IX' Cast Announced - Carrie Fisher Will Be Featured!

The Star Wars: Episode IX cast has been revealed!

Producers announced the cast for the movie, which will begin filming at London’s Pinewood Studios on August 1, on Friday (July 27).

J.J. Abrams will direct the final installment of the Skywalker Saga, and co-wrote the movie with Chris Terrio.

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.

Newcomers to the cast are Naomi Ackie and Richard E. Grant.

Veteran stars Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels and Billy Dee Williams will return.

Carrie Fisher will once again play Leia Organa using previously unreleased footage shot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

“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,” J.J. said.

Composer John Williams will return to soundtrack Episode IX.

The movie is set to hit theaters in December 2019.

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Billie Lourd Pays Tribute to Those Having a 'Less Than Perfect' Mother's Day

Billie Lourd is paying tribute to her late mother Carrie Fisher, and those who are struggling on Mother’s Day.

The 25-year-old actress posted a tribute on her Instagram on Sunday (May 13).

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“❤️👩‍👧❤️This one goes out to anyone having a less than perfect Mother’s Day today. We are not alone. Sending all my love and strength to anyone who needs it. 🙏🏼,” she captioned a picture of herself with her late mother, Carrie.

Carrie sadly passed away at the end of 2016.

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Mark Hamill & Rian Johnson Talk 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' & Carrie Fisher at SXSW

Mark Hamill surprised fans at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival!

The 66-year-old actor, known for playing Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars film series, took the stage at the The Director and The Jedi premiere at Paramount Theatre on Monday (March 12) in Austin, Tex.

He was joined by Star Wars: The Last Jedi director and writer Rian Johnson.

The Director and The Jedi is an upcoming documentary about the making of the film, directed by Anthony Wonke, who was also in attendance.

“This is just a cameo at the end. I’m good at that,” Mark joked when he joined the discussion, according to THR.

When asked about what it was like giving direction to veteran actors Mark and the late Carrie Fisher, Rian laughed, “It’s a conversation – and in this case it’s a very intense conversation. I couldn’t say, ‘Screw you, this is my story,’ You have to get into the conversation.”

“She loved one-liners, she loved jokes,” Rian said about Carrie, who famously portrayed Princess Leia.

“It was hard for her to watch herself onscreen,” he added. “I remember her telling me, ‘In my head, I’m still in my 20s.’ There’s always going to be that disconnect when you see yourself onscreen.”

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Billie Lourd Celebrates Mom Carrie Fisher's Posthumous Grammy Win - See What She Said!

Billie Lourd is celebrating her mom Carrie Fisher‘s posthumous win during the 2018 Grammy Awards held at Madison Square Garden on Sunday (January 28) in New York City.

Carrie won for Best Spoken Word Album for her audiobook recording of her 2016 memoir, The Princess Diarist.

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Princess Diarist was the last profesh(ish) thing my momby and I got to do together. I wish she was here to carry me down the red carpet in some bizarre floral ensemble but instead we’ll celebrate in true Carrie style: in bed in front of the TV over cold Coca Colas and warm e cigs. I’m beyond proud. @recordingacademy🙏🏼,” Billie wrote.

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