Princess Leia is cleared to appear in Star Wars: Episode IX

Carrie Fisher's daughter Billie Lourd and Todd Fisher have granted Disney the requisite rights to use recent footage of the actress for the finale.

She's as much a part of it as anything, and I think her presence is now even more than it was, like Obi-Wan- when the saber cuts him down he becomes more powerful.

Carrie Fisher may appear in "Star Wars: Episode IX" according to her brother Todd Fisher. They were quite quick to confirm that The Last Jedi was shot and wouldn't be changed to reflect her passing and now we've got some confirmation of what they plan for Episode IX (as well as confirmation that the character seemingly survives The Last Jedi).

Discussing the family's decision to have Carrie Fisher posthumously appear in the as yet untitled Episode 9, her brother Todd stated: "Both of us were like, 'Yes, how do you take her out of it?' And the answer is your don't". I feel like that's what's happened to Carrie.

Carrie Fisher died on December 27 previous year following a heart attack, but by then she had completed shooting all her scenes for "Last Jedi" (opening in theaters December 15). Lucasfilm was quick to confirm that they would not bring Leia back to the screen via CGI, as they had done with Peter Cushing's Grand Moff Tarkin (and a young Princess Leia) in Rogue One, however the question still remained about how the Star Wars films could possibly continue without Leia.

Princess Leia and Star Wars is a mix that just goes so well; we simply can't think of one without the other.

There's no news as to what extent Leia will feature in the film, especially given the general was meant to be a bigger part of Episode 9 than she was in 8. "We cherish her memory and legacy as Princess Leia, and will always strive to honour everything she gave to Star Wars". The film, titled The Last Jedi, will hit cinemas on December 15 of this year.

  • Salvatore Jensen