The untitled Star Wars Episode 9 may not have an official title yet, but this afternoon we were treated to an official cast announcement. It was revealed previously that Billy Dee Williams would be reprising his role as Lando Calrissian but now we have confirmation that Mark Hamill will return as Luke Skywalker and surprisingly so will Carrie Fisher to finish out her story as General Leia.
Unused footage of Carrie Fisher from The Force Awakens will be used for Episode 9. Below is the official announcement:
Returning 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 and Richard E. Grant, who will be joined by veteran Star Wars actors Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, and Billy Dee Williams, who will reprise his role as Lando Calrissian.
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.”