Carrie Fisher will appear as Leia in 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'

Fisher's younger brother, Todd Fisher, and her daughter, Billie Lourd, have granted Walt Disney Studios rights to use recent footage of the actress, who died on December 27. Disney pledged not to use CGI to recreate Fisher's likeness for Episode IX in January, issuing a statement a short time after the actress' death in which it said it would "cherish her memory and legacy as Princess Leia", and "honor everything she gave to Star Wars".

According to her brother Todd Fisher, it isn't.

Carrie Fisher sadly passed away at the end of past year, and questions were raised afterwards about whether she would feature in the finale of the new Star Wars trilogy, Episode IX.

"I'm not the only part in that equation, but I think the people deserve to have her", he said.

Although her brother has confirmed Carrie Fisher will appear in the final Star Wars movie, earlier this year Lucasfilm revealed the studio did not intent to digitally re-create the actress in a similar way they did Peter Cushing. You don't mess with this legacy.

A younger version of Leia was featured in "Rogue One", along with a CGI version of Grand Moff Tarkin. It's very likely that I'll get to those now sooner than I would have normally, because we didn't think the stories were going to end.

A special tribute is scheduled for this weekend's Star Wars Celebration in Orlando with Mark Hamill on hand to pay tribute to his famous co-star.

Carrie Fisher was, is, and always will be a part of the Lucasfilm family.

Although General Leia only appeared briefly in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it's been reported that her role was substantially increased for the upcoming sequel, Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi is due in cinemas on Friday December 15. As Princess Leia, Fisher was an inspiration to so many women (and men) who saw her first and foremost as a strong female icon.

Vanessa Coleman