Next ‘Star Wars’ film to use unreleased Fisher footage

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FILE – This April 7, 2011, file photo, shows Carrie Fisher at the 2011 NewNowNext Awards in Los Angeles. Disney CEO Bob Iger said on March 23, 2017, that Fisher’s performance as Princess Leia in “The Last Jedi” remains unchanged. Fisher completed filming her role as Princess Leia in “The Last Jedi” before her death […]

J.J. Abrams says he will use unreleased footage of Carrie Fisher in the next “Star Wars” film to give the latest trilogy a “satisfying conclusion.”

Lucasfilm and writer-director Abrams announced Friday that footage of Fisher shot for 2015’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” will be used in the ninth film in the space opera’s core trilogies about the Skywalker family.

Filming is scheduled to begin Wednesday in London.

Fisher died in 2016 after she finished work on “The Last Jedi.”

Friday’s announcement also confirmed that Billy Dee Williams will be returning to the franchise as Lando Calrissian, a hero of the rebellion who hasn’t been seen in the latest trilogy.

Mark Hamill, who plays Luke Skywalker, will also appear in the film.

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