Director J.J. Abrams, who co-wrote and will direct the final installment of the Skywalker saga, confirmed the news: Star Wars: Episode IX will feature previously unused footage of Fisher as Leia Organa from The Force Awakens.
"We desperately loved Carrie Fisher," Abrams said in a statement. "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."
The actress passed away in December 2016 at 60-years-old, having already completed filming for The Last Jedi, which was released the following year.
In other notable casting news, we now know Billy Dee Williams will finally reprise his role of Lando Calrissian in the upcoming Star Wars installment. Mark Hamill will also be coming back as Luke Skywalker – though, likely in some type of spirit form, given the ending of The Last Jedi.
The rest of the cast looks par for the course, including Last Jedi alums: Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, and Billie Lourd.
Filming for Star Wars: Episode IX (currently untitled) begins Aug. 1, with the movie set to be released in December 2019.