The brother of Carrie Fisher responded gratefully Saturday to the news that the late actress will appear in the next “Star Wars” movie.

“I couldn’t be more personally thrilled and happy that our Carrie will reprise her role as Princess Leia in the new and final `Star Wars Episode IX,’ using previously unreleased footage of her shot for ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens,”’ Todd Fisher said. “As we, her family, as well as her extended family of fans around the world so believe, Carrie’s Princess Leia is forever entrenched in the franchise and her indelible presence is fundamental to the film. J.J. Abrams understood Carrie’s iconic role, and he has masterfully re-crafted this final entry to include this unused and very last footage of Carrie ever taken, without resorting to CGI or animatronics. Our family and her fans will look forward with great anticipation for this one! Her force will forever be with us!”

Abrams, who directed 2015’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and will direct the new film, announced the casting news Friday.

“We desperately loved Carrie Fisher. Finding a truly satisfying conclusion to the Skywalker saga without her eluded us,” Abrams said in a statement. “We were never going to recast, or use a CG character.”

The next entry in the Star Wars saga, which doesn’t have an official title yet, is scheduled for release in December 2019.

Fisher, who was best-known for playing Princess Leia in the “Star Wars” film series but was also an accomplished screenwriter and author, died Dec. 27, 2016, at age 60, a day before the death of her mother, actress Debbie Reynolds, at age 84.

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