LOS ANGELES (CBSNewYork) — Princess Leia will officially appear in the next Star Wars film. Disney announced on Friday Start Wars: Episode IX will include the late actress Carrie Fisher using unreleased footage from Episode VII: The Force Awakens . Carrie Fisher Remembered: Photos Through The Years Fisher died in December 2016 after she finished work on the middle installment in the trilogy, The Last Jedi . Director Rian Johnson opted not alter her storyline, leaving Leia’s fate to be handled by writer-director J.J. Abrams. “We desperately loved Carrie Fisher,” Abrams said in a statement. “Finding a truly satisfying conclusion to the Skywalker saga without her eluded us.” He said recasting Fisher or recreating her using computer graphics, as was done in a spinoff film “Rogue One,” was not an option. Meet the cast of Star Wars: Episode IX. Beginning filming next week. https://t.co/BUCl4H8aRT pic.twitter.com/ezEaLzijLq — Star Wars (@starwars) July 27, 2018 “With the support and blessing from her daughter, Billie, we have found a way to honor Carrie’s legacy and role as Leia in Episode IX by using unseen footage we shot together in Episode VII .” Friday’s announcement also confirmed that Billy Dee Williams will be returning to the franchise as Lando Calrissian, a hero of the rebellion who hasn’t been seen in the latest trilogy. Also returning to the film are Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega and Kelly Marie Tran, who all play heroes. Adam Driver and Domhnall Gleeson, who play villains in the latest films, are also returning. Episode IX will be released in December 2019. (© Copyright 2018 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)
Defensive end Ziggy Ansah did not come to an agreement with the Lions and will play with the franchise tag this season in the last year of his contract.
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Lions’ Ansah doesn’t get deal before deadline
There are several implications of another franchise tag, starting with Le’Veon Bell likely being done in Pittsburgh after this season.
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What no deal means for Le’Veon Bell and the Steelers
After a 14.5-sack effort last season, the DE will get a big raise playing under the franchise tag but won’t have long-term security.
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Defensive end Ziggy Ansah won’t come to an agreement with the Lions and will play with the franchise tag this season in the last year of his contract, league sources say.
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Lions DE Ansah won’t get new deal, sources say
Cornerback Patrick Peterson told SiriusXM NFL Radio on Monday that he believes Sam Bradford will “for sure” be the Cardinals’ starter if healthy, but he also heaped praise on first-round pick Josh Rosen, calling him “the future of our franchise.”
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Lakers ticket prices on the secondary market soared in the wake of LeBron James’ joining the franchise, with one person paying $188,781 on StubHub for four season tickets in the lower bowl.
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Lakers ticket prices soar on StubHub due to LBJ
Mike D’Antoni and the Rockets cited a lack of aggression in their lopsided Game 3 loss to the Warriors on Sunday, the worst playoff loss in the franchise’s history.
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Teams like the Giants are gambling with a win-now approach while not preparing a succession plan for their franchise QB, and they’re not alone.
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It’s anybody’s guess when Indianapolis will get back to the playoffs, but the owner says the franchise and its star QB are finally “back on track.”
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