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Carrie Fisher To Appear In ‘Star Wars: Episode IX,’ Brother Says

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Katie Jerkovich Entertainment Reporter

Fans of “Star Wars” and the late Carrie Fisher will be overjoyed to learn that her brother recently shared that Leia Organa will appear in “Star Wars: Episode IX.”

The late actress’ brother, Todd Fisher, expanded on previous comments he has made about how his sister will be part of the next installment in the highly successful franchise thanks to unused footage originally shot for the seventh movie, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” per Fox News Thursday. (RELATED: Hollywood Reacts To Devastating News Of Carrie Fisher’s Heart Attack)

Mark Hamill, Kelly Marie Tran ,John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Rian Johnson, Kathleen Kennedy and Josh Gad attend the Star Wars Celebration day 02 on April 14, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)

Mark Hamill, Kelly Marie Tran ,John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Rian Johnson, Kathleen Kennedy and Josh Gad attend the Star Wars Celebration day 02 on April 14, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)

“There’s a lot of minutes of footage. I don’t mean just outtakes,” Fisher recently told ABC News on the anniversary of the legendary star’s death(RELATED: Debbie Reynolds Rushed To Hospital Day After Daughter’s Death)

“This is unused, new content that could be woven into the storyline,” he added. “That’s what’s going to give everybody such a great kick. It’s going to look like it was meant to be. Like it was shot yesterday.”

Fisher also explained how director J.J. Abrams revealed to them how he planned to incorporate the footage of the late actress in the upcoming film, yet to be titled.

“We’re not allowed to talk about the details of anything,” Fisher said. “But we’re thrilled at what’s been done.”

Shortly after her loss, Disney responded to reports that alleged the company was in negotiations to get the rights to her digital image to ensure Fisher appeared in the remaining “Star Wars” movies.

CARRIE FISHER Star Wars Tribute (Best Scenes)/ Movie Scene Provider/ YouTube

CARRIE FISHER Star Wars Tribute (Best Scenes)/ Movie Scene Provider/ YouTube

The actress — best known for her part as Princess Leia from the “Star Wars” franchise — died December 27, 2016, of a heart attack. On the anniversary of her death, “Star Wars” actor Mark Hamill reflected on the loss.

“There IS no “right” thing to do on a horrible anniversary like this… but I’m finding solace as Billie ‘takes her broken heart & turns it into art’-as someone we all loved & will never stop missing once said. #SheTookAPieceOfOurHeartWeWillNeverRecover,” Hamill tweeted, along with an article about how actress Billie Lourd was dealing with the loss of her mother.

“Star Wars: Episode IX” is set to hit theaters in December.