Long-time C3PO actor Anthony Daniels revealed via Twitter that today was his last filming for Star Wars: Episode IX.
Daniels' words were kind- both he and 3PO being sad- but also proud.
Today was 3PO's last on Episode IX. He's sad – so am I. But we're so proud to have worked with such a lovely, talented cast & crew lead by J.J. & Kathy. I'll miss everyone but I'm glad to know that we've been making something exceptional together, to share with the waiting world.
— Anthony Daniels (@ADaniels3PO) January 28, 2019
It is of course too early to begin conversations about whether or not the protocol droid might appear in additional Star Wars films and television series post-Episode IX, but, obviously that'll be a topic much discussed now.
Reportedly, Star Wars: Episode IX is the end of "the Skywalker Saga", and the next chapters, whatever they may be, won't center on that particular family.
We do know that Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson is working on his trilogy in the galaxy far, far away, but there's no telling what it'll be about, aside from NOT the Skywalkers.
— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) August 29, 2018
The JJ Abrams-directed Star Wars: Episode IX is due to hit theaters on December 20th 2019.