We now have an official list of the cast set to appear in Star Wars: Episode IX!
The official Star Wars website on Friday revealed the names, which features a blend of past and present members of the legendary franchise. The following statements come directly from the website itself:
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.”
Not only will Mark Hamill somehow play a role in the upcoming sequel, but unused footage of Carrie Fisher will be used to keep Leia in the story. Moreover, the return of Billy Dee Williams reprising his role as Lando Calrissian. There’s bound to be a connection between Lando and Chewie, what with the loss of Han in Episode VII.
Let the countdown begin as we inch our way closer to the release of the next chapter in this ongoing epic saga.