When actress Carrie Fisher died suddenly in December last year, Star Wars producers were confronted with the task of plotting Princess Leia’s fate without the woman who brought her to life.
Following the star’s death, Disney and Lucasfilm confirmed that Episode IIIV, to be released in December 2017, had already been filmed. Later they announced reshooting would take place, but reiterated that Fisher’s iconic character would feature in the film.
However, Episode IX wasn’t scheduled to begin filming until this year and General Leia Organa was supposed to play a role. So therein lay the dilemma.
Now, her brother Todd Fisher has confirmed that unseen footage of Fisher will be used for her return in Episode IX in 2019, The Sun reports.
"I think her presence now is even more powerful than it was — like Obi Wan when the sabre cuts him down he becomes more powerful," the 59-year-old said.
"I feel that’s what’s happened with Carrie. I feel she’s more powerful and therefore I think the legacy should continue."
Fisher died aged 60 after she suffered a heart attack on a flight from London to LA on 23 December.
She was taken to hospital when the plane landed and placed on a ventilator while in intensive care, but passed away on December 27.
Her mother Debbie Reynolds died of a stroke just one day later.
Photos of Reynolds' remarkable life can be found in our gallery below:
Star Wars Episode IIIV will hit cinemas on 15 December 2017 while Episode IV is set for release on 23 May 2019.
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