Sobbing into our cereal, we’re.

Final week it was introduced that the upcoming Star Wars: Episode IX — attributable to hit theaters in December 2019 — would repurpose unseen footage of the late Carrie Fisher to incorporate her within the movie as the enduring Leia. Fisher died in December 2016, almost a full yr earlier than The Final Jedi (also referred to as Episode VIII) was launched.

“We desperately beloved Carrie Fisher,” director and co-writer J.J. Abrams stated in an announcement. “Discovering a very satisfying conclusion to the Skywalker saga with out her eluded us. We had been by no means going to recast, or use a CG character. With the help and blessing from her daughter, Billie [Lourd], we now have discovered a solution to honor Carrie’s legacy and function as Leia in Episode IX through the use of unseen footage we shot collectively in Episode VII [The Power Awakens].”

Followers have been hailing the choice, as have Fisher’s co-stars. On Sunday, actor Mark Hamill — who famously performed Leia’s twin, Luke Skywalker, in 4 of the Star Wars movies — shared his “bittersweet” response to listening to that his “irreplaceable” longtime good friend would as soon as once more grace the massive display.

Hamill’s tribute — which included images from the varied Star Wars units — bought followers feeling emotional; his tweet has greater than 252,000 “likes.”

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John Boyega additionally cheered the choice to maintain Fisher within the subsequent Star Wars movie. (Picture: Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Photographs for Walt Disney Studios)

And evidently Fisher’s legacy is simply as necessary to the newer technology of Star Wars heroes. John Boyega, who performs former stormtrooper Finn within the newest trilogy and ofter refers to Hamill as “Dad,” responded to Hamill’s tweet with this heartwarming present of help.

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Within the phrases of 1 follower: “I’m full-on sobbing, thanks.”

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