‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ director J. J. Abrams shared the first photo from the film set, and a tribute to the end of Carrie Fisher on Twitter Wednesday.
Welcome to Twitter, J. J. Abrams!
The director celebrated the first day of filming of “Star Wars: Episode IX” on Wednesday by joining the social media platform for the first time, giving a special shout-out to the film, cast and crew, as well as those who couldn’t be there.
“Bittersweet starting this next chapter without Carrie, but thanks to an extraordinary cast and crew, we are ready to go,” he wrote, paying homage to Carrie Fisher, who died in December 2016. “Thankful for @rianjohnson and special thanks to George Lucas for creating this incredible world and the beginning of a story of which we are lucky enough to be a part. #IX.”
Mark Hamill Responds to Carrie Fisher in “Star Wars: Episode IX’
Bittersweet starting this next chapter without Carrie, but thanks to an extraordinary cast and crew, we are ready to go. Thankful for @rianjohnson and special thanks to George Lucas for creating this incredible world and the beginning of a story of which we are lucky enough to be a part. #IX pic.twitter.com/FOfnGwVut5
— JJ Abrams (@jjabrams) August 1, 2018
Johnson responded with perhaps the most perfect response ever, while the star John Boyega posted the same pic on his Twitter. “The first day of filming done!” he captioned the snap.
Disney and Lucasfilm confirmed Friday that Fisher would appear in “Episode IX,” which is set to hit theaters on Dec. 20, 2019. The actress will be recorded with the help of previously unreleased recordings of 2015, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
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“We are desperately loved Carrie Fisher,” Abrams said in an announcement on StarWars.com. “Finding a really satisfying conclusion to the Skywalker saga without its escaped us. We were never planning to revise, or to use a CG character.”
“With the support and blessing of her daughter, Billie [Lourd], we have found a way to honor Carrie’s legacy and the role of Leia in ‘Episode IX’ by the use of unseen footage we shot together in ‘Episode VII,’ ” continued Abrams, who co-wrote the script from Chris Terrio.
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Mark Hamill will also star in the film, alongside Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian) and newcomers Keri Russell, Naomi Ackie and Richard E. Grant.