Car­rie Fisher’s fam­ily ap­proves of Star Wars re­turn

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Car­rie Fisher’s brother has ap­plauded film­maker J.J. Abrams for en­sur­ing the ac­tress’ post­hu­mous re­turn to the big screen in the up­com­ing Star Wars: Episode IX.

Bosses at Dis­ney and Lu­cas­film shared the news of Princess Leia Or­gana’s in­clu­sion in the next in­stal­ment of the hugely pop­u­lar sci-fi se­ries last week, when Abrams ex­plained he would be piec­ing to­gether un­used clips from 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awak­ens, which he also di­rected, to res­ur­rect Car­rie’s iconic char­ac­ter for the se­quel to 2017’s The Last Jedi. “Find­ing a truly sat­is­fy­ing

con­clu­sion to the Sky­walker saga with­out her eluded us,” he shared in a state­ment is­sued to Va­ri­ety.

“We were never go­ing to re­cast, or use a CG char­ac­ter.

“With the sup­port and bless­ing from her daugh­ter, Bil­lie (Lourd), we have found a way to hon­our Car­rie’s legacy and role as Leia in Episode IX by us­ing un­seen footage we shot to­gether in Episode VII.”

The news has been well­re­ceived by fans on­line, and Car­rie’s brother, Todd Fisher, has given the idea his stamp of ap­proval.

“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,” he

de­clared.

“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,” Todd con­tin­ued.

“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!”

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