Carrie Fisher’s brother says she’ll have a big role in ‘Star Wars Episode IX’

"There’s a lot of minutes of footage," according to her brother

Carrie Fisher will feature prominently in the forthcoming Star Wars: Episode IX movie.

The renowned actress passed away in December 2016, aged 60. Best-known for playing Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy, reports last year stated that she would feature posthumously in the next film.

Now her brother Todd Fisher has revealed that she’ll have a bigger role than some fans might expect. “There’s a lot of minutes of footage,” he told Good Morning America. “I don’t mean just outtakes. This is unused, new content that could be woven into the storyline. That’s what’s going to give everybody such a great kick. It’s going to look like it was meant to be. Like it was shot yesterday.

“We’re not allowed to talk about the details of anything,” Fisher added. “But we’re thrilled at what’s been done.” The also revealed that the Fisher family has “a lot of her artifacts and a lot of things of hers that she’s written” that will eventually be released to the public. “There’s a lot more to come from Carrie,” he concluded.

Last summer, director J.J. Abrams paid tribute to the actress as production for Star Wars: Episode IX began.

“Bittersweet starting this next chapter without Carrie, but thanks to an extraordinary cast and crew, we are ready to go,” he wrote.

“Grateful for @rianjohnson and special thanks to George Lucas for creating this incredible world and beginning a story of which we are lucky to be a part,” he added, alongside a photo from the set at London’s Pinewood Studios.

Star Wars: Episode IX is currently due for release on December 20, 2019.