Contained within Vanity Fair’s exclusive coverage of The Last Jedi is the paragraph copied below that mentions when filming for director Colin Trevorrow’s Episode IX is scheduled to officially begin. The article states that cameras should start rolling sometime in January.
Fisher’s death doesn’t change anything about The Last Jedi except make it more poignant: the film farewell of both the actress and the character. But it does change Episode IX, for which, as Fisher hoped, a central role for Leia had been planned. Kennedy, Trevorrow, and the Lucasfilm team have been compelled to swing from grieving into pragmatic mode, working out how to reconceive the next film in the saga, which is scheduled to start shooting in January.