It has been announced that Star Wars: Episode IX will feature Carrie Fisher’s Leia Organa through the use of unseen footage from The Force Awakens, and now, her long-time co-star Mark Hamill has weighed in on how it feels to be facing the final chapter without her.

In a tweet, Hamill explained “It’s bittersweet facing my final chapter without her-She is simply irreplaceable. I’m finding solace in the fact that she won’t BE replaced & would love the worldwide outpouring of affection from those who loved her when they heard the news.#CarrieOnForever”

This tweet came after Todd Fisher, the late actress’ brother, said that he “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 IXusing previously unreleased footage of her shot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

In his full statement, Fisher expressed to fans, “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!”

Star Wars: Episode IX is set to begin filming at Pinewood Studios on August 1st, and Hamill is set to reprise his role as Luke Skywalker.

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