Mark Hamill AND Carrie Fisher to both feature in Star Wars Episode IX
Disney and Lucasfilm have made their first official casting announcements for Star Wars: Episode IX and Mark Hamill is set to return as Luke Skywalker, while Carrie Fisher will also feature in the film using footage originally shot with J.J.Abrams for Star Wars: The Force Awakens before she sadly passed away in December 2016.
The film is now also confirmed to see the return of Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian and Anthony Daniels as C-3PO in addition to Daisy Ridley (Rey), Adam Driver (Kylo Ren / Ben Solo), John Boyega (Finn), Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron), Lupita Nyong’o (Maz Kanata), Domhnall Gleeson (General Hux), Kelly Marie Tran (Rose Tico), Joonas Suotamo (Chewbacca), and Carrie Fisher's daughter Billie Lourd (Lt. Connix).
In addition, Naomi Ackie and Richard E. Grant have been cast in unknown roles. There hasn't been any official confirmation of previously rumoured Keri Russell as of yet.
The role of Leia Organa will once again be played by Carrie Fisher, using previously unreleased footage shot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. “We desperately loved Carrie Fisher,” says Abrams. “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.”
John Williams will score the film - his final Star Wars movie.
Star Wars: Episode IX will arrive in UK cinemas on 20th December 2019.