Breaking: Star Wars: Episode IX Cast List Confirmation

We now have an official statement on the returning cast for JJ Abram's Episode IX. Here is StarWars.com's statement in its entirety. 

Star Wars: Episode IX will begin filming at London’s Pinewood Studios on August 1, 2018. J.J. Abrams returns to direct the final installment of the Skywalker saga. Abrams co-wrote the screenplay with Chris Terrio.

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.”

Composer John Williams, who has scored every chapter in the Star Wars saga since 1977’s A New Hope, will return to a galaxy far, far away with Episode IX.

Star Wars: Episode IX will be produced by Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Michelle Rejwan, and executive produced by Callum Greene and Jason McGatlin. The crew includes Dan Mindel (Director of Photography), Rick Carter and Kevin Jenkins (Co-Production Designers), Michael Kaplan (Costume Designer), Neal Scanlan (Creature and Droid FX), Maryann Brandon and Stefan Grube (Editors), Roger Guyett (VFX Supervisor), Tommy Gormley (1st AD), and Victoria Mahoney (2nd Unit Director).

Release is scheduled for December 2019.

 This confirms that General Organa will be present in the film, and portrayed via unused TFA footage. Of course how big this role will be is up to speculation, but this does confirm that Carrie Fisher will still have a presence in this film. 

Mark Hamill returning making speculation of him returning as a Force ghost all the more likely.  This was fueled by Hamill recently shaving his beard earlier this month. 

Another bout of big news is confirmation of the long speculated return of Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian. Among returning cast we also have confirmation of two new cast members: Naomi Ackie and Richard E. Grant. 

Intriguingly Gwendolyn Christie is not included This does not entirely rule her out, though it does make Phasma returning unlikly. 

 

UPDATE: 

The article on StarWars.com has been edited to include Keri Russell among the new cast members. Keri had been all but confirmed by Variety early July. 

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