Carrie Fisher Wrapped Filming on 'Star Wars: Episode VIII': What Does Her Death Mean for 'Episode IX'?

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Carrie Fisher will appear as her iconic Star Wars character one last time.
The actress, who played Princess Leia in the famous franchise, died Tuesday but her legacy will live on in the upcoming film, Star Wars: Episode VIII, which is set to be released in December 2017.
At the time of her death, Fisher, 60, had already finished shooting her second reprisal of Leia after 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
This past July, director Rian Johnson confirmed via the Star Wars Twitter account that filming had come to an end on next year's highly anticipated flick.
"Final slate of the final shot. VIII is officially wrapped. Cannot wait to share it with you all! -@rianjohnson."
As for Fisher's involvement in Star Wars: Episode IX, while the film is still in pre-production according to IMDB, fans had expected to see Leia again on the big screen. Mark Hamill is the only star currently listed as a rumored cast member.
ET has reached out to Disney for comment.
"No words," Hamill tweeted after learning the news of Fisher's death with a throwback photo of the two dressed in character as Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia. "#devastated."
Fisher went into cardiac arrest on Friday while traveling on an airplane from London to Los Angeles International Airport.
"It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning,” family spokesperson Simon Halls said in a statement to ET on behalf of Fisher’s daughter. “She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly. Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers.”