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Carrie Fisher will not appear in 'Star Wars: Episode 9'

This photo provided by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment shows, Mark Hamill, from left, as Luke Skywalker, Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia Organa, and Harrison Ford as Hans Solo in the original 1977 "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope." The four-day Star Wars Celebration kicked off Thursday, April 13, 2017 in Orlando, Fla., marking the 40-year anniversary of Lucas’ space saga. (Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment via AP)

Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy confirmed Carrie Fisher will not appear in "Star Wars: Episode 9."

The surprise announcement on Friday comes after Fisher's brother Todd previously said the late actress would feature in the ninth installment of the sci-fi franchise.

Kennedy told ABC News that Todd was "confused," but Carrie would feature heavily in "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," due out in December.

"Sadly, Carrie will not be in nine," she confirmed. "But we will see a lot of Carrie in eight."

Todd told the New York Daily News earlier this month that he and Carrie's daughter, Billie Lourd, had given Disney and Lucasfilm permission to use footage from "The Last Jedi" in the as yet untitled "Episode 9," due out in 2019.

Carrie died last December at the age of 60, after suffering a heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles.

Kennedy revealed the whole storyline for "Episode 9" had to be rewritten after the actress, who played Princess Leia/General Leia Organa in the movies, unexpectedly passed away.

"Obviously, with Carrie having passed away, it shook everybody,” she said. "We pretty much started over."

Carrie will not be recreated digitally for the movie, meaning Leia will feature in the Star Wars movies for the final time in "The Last Jedi."

Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger previously said the movie would not be altered to deal with Carrie's passing, and it will end as originally planned.

And Kennedy assured fans of the sci-fi saga that even though Carrie will no longer feature in any more Star Wars films, her work in the upcoming movie was some of her best.

"She’s fantastic," she gushed.

"Star Wars: The Last Jedi," also starring Mark Hamill, Adam Driver and Daisy Ridley, will be released Dec. 13.

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