Mark Hamill addresses Carrie Fisher's posthumous role in 'Star Wars: Episode IX'

Mark Hamill responds to news that Carrie Fisher will appear in next 'Star Wars' via old footage

Leia Organa will appear in the movie, using footage that the late Carrie Fisher shot for The Force Awakens ahead of its 2015 release.

Mark Hamill says it's "bittersweet" to begin production on Star Wars: Episode IX without his costar and dear friend Carrie Fisher, who died in 2016.

"She is simply irreplaceable", he wrote.

"I'm finding solace in the fact that she won't BE replaced and would love the worldwide outpouring of affection from those who loved her when they heard the news".

"Finding a truly satisfying conclusion to the Skywalker saga without her eluded us", he shared in a statement issued to Variety.

Director JJ Abrams said there was never any intention to have Leia played by someone else or be recreated using computer-generated imagery, reports BBC.

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Carrie Fisher has one, last ride to take in a galaxy far, far away and her big screen bro, Mark Hamill, is just as broken up about it as the rest of us. Hamill will be reprising his role as Luke Skywalker.

Billy Dee Williams and Anthony Daniels are among the other Star Wars veterans who have been lined up to appear in Episode IX. Donald Glover recently portrayed a younger version of Lando in Solo: A Star Wars Story. Hamill celebrated the confirmation of Williams' return with another tweet, which also included his character's pledge to Kylo Ren with the hashtag #SeeYouAroundKid.

Todd Fisher told "GMA" he has not seen the re-written script for "Episode IX" but fully supports the decision.

The main cast from The Last Jedi also is back, Lucasfilm and Disney confirmed: Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo and Lourd. New actors joining the cast of Episode IX include Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, and Keri Russell.

Lucasfilm will be using unreleased footage from "The Force Awakens" to fill her role.

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