Yesterday, as you've all surely heard by now, Carrie Fisher passed away at the age of 60. Fisher's death is a tragic loss - for her family and friends, for fans around the world, and, indeed, for film in general - one I suspect we'll all be absorbing for some time.
In the immediate aftermath of her passing, sources confirmed to Variety that Fisher had completed work on Rian Johnson's Star Wars: Episode VIII, which is currently working its way through post-production on the way to a December, 2017 release. A report on Deadline reiterates that confirmation, while also suggesting (quite compellingly, I might add) that Fisher will have a "larger role" to play in the film. If true, that will mark a fitting conclusion to Fisher's role in the Star Wars franchise, a mythology she played no small part in building over the years.
What this means for Episode IX is anyone's guess, but my suspicion is that Carrie Fisher - who ultimately came to look upon her time in the Star Wars universe with warmth, wit and a refreshing amount of candor - wouldn't want anyone to spend a lot of time worrying about it, particularly right now.
Nothing further to report at this time, but we'll keep you informed as updates roll in.