Daniels admitted that he felt a little sad that his experience returning to the galaxy far, far away is at an end (at least for now), but noted that he was incredibly grateful for director J. J. Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy for allowing him to take a step back into a larger world. Daniels also noted that he sees Episode IX as “something exceptional” and that he can’t wait for us to see it this December:
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
We’ve known that Episode IX is going to wrap in February since late last year, but with Daniels being done, it is possible the end offilming may be closer than we think. The door is certainly open for him to return in future movies, should Threepio be needed, but for now, Episode IX is going to serve as a goodbye to the original, iconic Star Wars storyline in what should be a memorable finale.
Star Wars: Episode IX will be released in the United States on December 20, 2019.