Star Wars: Episode IX Cast Announced, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher Included

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On Friday, Disney and Lucasfilm officially unveiled the cast for Star Wars: Episode IX, which starts production on August 1st. Along with returning cast members like Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson and Kelly Marie Tran, the press release also confirmed rumours that Keri Russell has landed a significant role and that Billy Dee Williams will be reprising his role as Lando Calrissian. Two other new names are also on the list: Naomi Ackie (Lady MacBeth) and Richard E. Grant (Withnail & I). The most interesting note, however, is the fact that both Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher will also appear in the film. J.J. Abrams had this to say about Fisher’s inclusion:


“We desperately loved Carrie Fisher. 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.”

As for Mark Hamill, it remains to be seen if he will be appearing in physical form or simply as a so-called “Force ghost.” Let the speculation begin. J.J. Abrams is directing the film from a screenplay he co-wrote with Chris Terrio (Argo, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice). What do you think about the Star Wars: Episode IX cast and the return of Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher?

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  • Intrigued to see how material shot for TFA can be used to finish her storyline in the last one. Maybe J.J. had the foresight to film some stuff “just in case”?

  • 1138sw

    Meh. Not enjoying the last third of the supposed Skywalker Saga, so however they try to salvage the legacy of Luke isn’t all that interesting to be honest.

    The last third starting with the SW:TFA seems like a mess and to me JJ and company seems completely lost. Plus the new characters other than Rey are all really uninteresting.

  • Tommy

    The last EP should be 100% focused on the new characters. Move on.

  • Oso Jugo

    Tommy goes to their graves to make sure they’re dead, but when he stabs them through the heart with a metallic pole, it is hit by lightning, bringing them both back to life.