Up until today, "Star Wars Episode VIII" has been referred to as just that - just "Star Wars Episode VIII." But after Lucasfilm has made a confirmation, the film will be called by its official name.
"Star Wars: The Last Jedi" is said to be released this year on December 15 and it will be directed by Rian Johnson - who directed the wild sci-fi time travel thriller "Looper," CNET reported.
"We have the greatest fans in this or any other galaxy. In appreciation of the fans, we wanted them to be the first to know the title of the next chapter in the Skywalker saga: STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI," the official announcement said. However, fans are curious as to whom the phrase "last Jedi" means, or whether it is singular or plural. People can only speculate because no official trailer has been released yet.
"Star Wars: The Last Jedi" is reported to take up immediately after "The Force Awakens" when Daisy Ridley's Rey was handing Luke Skywalker his old lightsaber. The backstory revealed that in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," Luke had spent the years since the Rebels defeated the Empire trying to establish a new Jedi order.
According to Daily Mail Online, the title undoubtedly talks about Luke Skywalker, who has last seen in the final scene of "The Force Awakens" as he was serving a self-imposed exile following the loss of his student and nephew Ben Solo, also known as Kylo Ren, to the Dark Side of the Force. As far as fans are concerned, Luke is the only living Jedi in the Star Wars universe.
Other speculate the "The Last Jedi" could mean that the Jedis are done, and with them goes the idea of the order as defenders of the galactic greater good - and this is not likely to be revived in the near future. But it doesn't mean that the Force is diminishing. It only suggests, just like what George Lucas feared, that it is getting "muddled into a bunch of gobbledygook."
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