On Thursday, Todd Fisher said he and Carrie’s daughter, Billie Lourd, gave Disney and the “Star Wars” filmmakers permission to use Princess Leia footage in Star Wars: Episode IX. Todd Fisher, Carrie’s brother, was heading to the opening night gala of the TCM Film Festival in Los Angeles when he told the New York Daily News.
“She’s as much a part of it as anything and I think her presence now is even more powerful than it was, like Obi-Wan—when the saber cuts him down he becomes more powerful,” Fisher said. “I feel like that’s what’s happened with Carrie. I think the legacy should continue.”
The exact role Carrie will be playing in the ninth episode of the series is unclear so far, as well as when the footage was shot. However, viewers can expect to see actual footage of the late princess sans any CGI technology used to recreate Leia.
The passing of Fisher in 2016 was a hard blow to the global fanbase of the sci-fi saga, as well as Hollywood and anyone who was lucky enough to have her in their lives. She left behind an inspiring legacy, speaking out about her struggles with addiction and being a strong advocate for mental health awareness. She even became a symbol of women’s resistance across the nation during the Women’s March in January.
Star Wars: Episode IX is slated to come out in 2019, following this year’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and will be the final movie of the new trilogy.