4. Will there be a time jump before Episode 9?
Lucasfilm has confirmed that the late great Carrie Fisher will not be digitally recreated for Episode IX, suggesting that Leia will not appear at all in the next film. This means that either that the character will be kept ‘busy’ on a project off-screen, or Leia will be killed off before the film begins. If the latter option is taken, it’s likely that there’ll be a larger time gap in the narrative between The Last Jedi and Episode IX.