The new Stars Wars movie opening this December will no longer be known as simply “Episode VIII.” Technically, it is still the eighth episode in the saga, but Lucasfilm officially announced the film’s title today: Star Wars: The Last Jedi. But what does it mean? And exactly who is the last Jedi?
Although the title is definitely mysterious, it’s nothing compared to the previous film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It’s been over a year since that film was released and still, no one is sure what that title refers to.
When it comes to The Last Jedi, there are a couple of interesting complications. First, the word “Jedi” is both singular and plural (there are no “Jedis,” they’re just called “Jedi”). So the title could be referring to more than one person. If that’s true, the obvious guess would be Rey and Luke Skywalker, who was finally found at the end of The Force Awakens. But if the title refers to only one Jedi, who could it be? If Luke died, Rey might be the last Jedi. But would filmmakers really kill Luke so soon after taking out Han Solo in the last film? And, of course, if Rey died, Luke would be the last Jedi. But Rey is the protagonist in the new trilogy; her death seems extremely unlikely.
Lucasfilm also released the title treatment for the new film and it features the Star Wars logo in red. Previously, it was the two end chapters that featured a red title font: Revenge of the Sith and Return of the Jedi. Producers have said previously The Last Jedi would be “darker” than The Force Awakens, and the red title font definitely seems indicative of that trait.
Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, and Anthony Daniels are all returning for the new film. Mark Hamill will return as Luke Skywalker, with a much bigger role than his cameo at the end of The Force Awakens. Carrie Fisher also returns as General Leia, having completed filming prior to her unfortunate death last month. The new movie is written and directed by filmmaker Rian Johnson.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens worldwide on December 15, 2017.