When the Star Wars: Episode IX cast was announced, Lucasfilm said that the role of Leia Organa will once again be played by Carrie Fisher, using previously-unreleased footage shot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Now comes word that unused Carrie Fisher footage from Star Wars: The Last Jedi will also be used.
StarWarsNews says that when they talked to ABC News’ Clayton Sandell, he told them that Carrie’s brother, Todd Fisher, revealed to him that footage from Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi will also be used. “I talked to Todd Fisher today about all of this and he has been talking with J. J. Abrams about it,” said Sandell. “I asked him, because the press release only said The Force Awakens so I asked about The Last Jedi, and they are also using unused footage from The Last Jedi. I asked him how many minutes of footage they had from it and he said ‘I can’t tell you that!’ He (Todd Fisher) said there were big surprises coming – big surprises with this movie, this performance, and the unused footage – and said – this one is really for the fans.”
We’re curious what big surprises might be coming out of that unused Carrie Fisher footage!
Star Wars: Episode IX is now officially filming at London’s Pinewood Studios. J.J. Abrams returns to direct the final installment of the Skywalker saga. Abrams co-wrote the screenplay with Chris Terrio.
The Star Wars: Episode IX cast members include Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, and Billie Lourd. Joining the cast of Episode IX are Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, and Keri Russell, who will be joined by veteran Star Wars actors Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Billy Dee Williams, who will reprise his role as Lando Calrissian, and the late Carrie Fisher, who will appear again as Leia Organa.
Composer John Williams, who has scored every chapter in the Star Wars saga since 1977’s A New Hope, will return to a galaxy far, far away with Episode IX.
Star Wars: Episode IX will be produced by Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Michelle Rejwan, and executive produced by Callum Greene and Jason McGatlin. The crew includes Dan Mindel (Director of Photography), Rick Carter and Kevin Jenkins (Co-Production Designers), Michael Kaplan (Costume Designer), Neal Scanlan (Creature and Droid FX), Maryann Brandon and Stefan Grube (Editors), Roger Guyett (VFX Supervisor), Tommy Gormley (1st AD), and Victoria Mahoney (2nd Unit Director).
Star Wars: Episode IX will open in theaters on December 20, 2019.