See Carrie Fisher In Final 'Star Wars' Role 3 Years After Death

Apr. 12 2019, Updated 5:19 p.m. ET

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Three years have passed since her untimely death, and still, Carrie Fisher remains a key piece in the Star Wars franchise.

In a new film teaser, the late actress makes her final appearance.

“Every generation has a legend,” Star Wars tweeted this Friday, April 12, linking the promo video.

Though Fisher passed away before the production of Star Wars: Episode IX began, her iconic character, Princess Leia, will still have a role in the movie in the form of recycled clips.

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During Star Wars Celebration this Friday, director J.J. Abrams spoke about how the ninth and final movie of the saga will feature Fisher’s General Leia Organa.

“We couldn’t fill the void,” Abrams, 52, told host Stephen Colbert at the event. “We all talked about how to move on. I mean, she was the best. She was glorious. She was amazing, and we all just loved her.”

He explained that the team “never even wanted to try” to replace Fisher by casting another actress for her role. “It was impossible. You don’t recast that part, and you don’t suddenly have her disappear.”

Luckily, they had a number of unused scenes from Force Awakens that they were able to weave into the onscreen narrative.

With those, Abrams is happy to “continue her story.”

RadarOnline.com readers know Fisher died of a heart attack on December 2016, when she was just 60 years old. It’s been nearly three years, and still, her absence is ever-present in Hollywood and on the set of Star Wars.

“It’s so surreal because we are working with her still, if that makes sense. She’s in scenes, she’s so alive in scenes,” said Abrams. “And the craziest part is how, not crazy it feels. She is there in these scenes. In some scenes, with Billie Lourd, her daughter, who is in the movies as well. Princess Leia lives in this film in a way that is kind of mind-blowing to me.”

Star Wars: Episode IX is expected to hit theaters on December 20, 2019.

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