Mark Hamill honors Carrie Fisher on first day of Star Wars: Episode IX production

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Sep 25, 2019, 12:51 PM EDT (Updated)

Star Wars: Episode IX has started production for the first time without a critical larger castmember, the late great Carrie Fisher. The iconic actor played General Leia until the very end. She passed away in 2016.

Mark Hamill published a moving tweet remember his beloved co-star. "It's bittersweet facing my final chapter without her-She is simply irreplaceable," Hamill posted. "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."

It has been confirmed that Fisher will be in the film posthumously from unused footage from The Force Awakens, and Hamill will return as Luke Skywalker in the latest installment. Hamill isn't the only person that has shared their excitment—Fisher's brother, Todd, told Variety that he is "thrilled and happy" that Carrie will be in Episode IX.

Hamill recently celebrated the fact that he finally openly discuss the fact that Billy Dee Williams will reprise his role as the fan favorite, Lando Calrissian. The franchise and its stars continue to move in directions that not only honors the past but paves the way for an exciting future. 

Finally, Star Wars: Episode IX has begun filming in Pinewood Studios in London. The unnamed continuation is expected to theaters on Dec. 20, 2019.


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