The brother of the late Carrie Fisher has been speaking out about the recent announcement that the actress will posthumously appear in Star Wars: Episode IX.

The late Carrie Fisher will appear as Leia in next year's Star Wars: Episode IX, with the filmmakers using unseen footage from 2015's The Force Awakens. Fisher's daughter, Billie Lourd, is also part of the cast again.

Speaking about the news to Entertainment Tonight Canada, Todd Fisher said that her cameo  will be "very magical".

"They have arranged it in the script and what was shot to bring her into the story in a way as if they filmed it yesterday," he said.

"Isn't that magical, that the things that she shot a few years ago are frozen in time, so to speak, and been reborn into the final Star Wars where she is the character that needed to continue?"

Fisher told the Press Association in June that he wanted his sibling to keep appearing in the film series.

He said: "I want her to (appear again). I have my own opinion on that. Disney of course spent the billions to decide but, ultimately, from the brother's standpoint, I would love to see Carrie come back.

"She never really left. If you look at the heart of what Star Wars is about, it's very much about the Jedi way and the spirituality of the Jedi. And how this life is just a prelude to the next.

"Her legacy will live on and could potentially be stronger and if they chose to embrace that it could be awesome."

Todd and Carrie are the children of singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds.

Following the deaths of his sister and mother in December 2016, Todd wrote a memoir called My Girls: A Lifetime with Carrie And Debbie, which was published in June

Carrie Fisher suffered a heart attack on December 23, 2016 while on a flight from London to Los Angeles and died in hospital on December 27. She had completed her filming for 2017's Star Wars: The Last Jedi shortly before her death.

Following the deaths of his sister and mother in December 2016, Todd wrote a memoir called My Girls: A Lifetime with Carrie And Debbie, which was published in June.