Star Wars: Episode IX is currently in production and won't hit theaters until December 2019, but that hasn't stopped fans from trying to predict its mysterious title. Ever since being acquired by Disney in 2012, Lucasfilm is renowned for the level of secrecy surrounding their projects. In an effort to maintain all of the surprises and twists for a film's premiere, the studio goes to great lengths to keep details under lock and key. Even the trailers are edited in such a way they only provide hints of what the actual story is about, selling audiences more on the essence and tone.
With that in mind, it isn't surprising the official title for Episode IX remains guarded, even though the film is about a year away from debuting. Solo marketing aside, there's a method to Lucasfilm's madness, and they generally have a good idea of how to promote their tentpoles. All of the pertinent information will be revealed in due time, yet fans can't help but speculate how things will turn out. In this space, we're going to take a stab at predicting the Star Wars 9 title. We cannot stress enough that this is a prediction and our suggestion is merely a launching point for future discussion.
What A Star Wars Title Needs To Be
Before we get into our prediction, we're going to take a look back at the history of Star Wars titles. In keeping with the property's pulpy space opera influences, the names of the movies are relatively straightforward and essentially sum up the larger themes of the plot. A New Hope alluded to Luke Skywalker's emergence as a Jedi trainee. The Empire Strikes Back blatantly told viewers the Imperials would pummel the Rebellion in the sequel. This tradition continued in the modern era of the films; The Force Awakens literally references the Force awakening within Rey (it could also apply to Kylo Ren's further descent to the dark side) and The Last Jedi made it clear the film would largely be about Luke.
Even the standalone anthologies, which had the leeway to experiment with different tones and genres, didn't stray far from this formula. Both Rogue One and Solo spotlight their titular figures - the former being the Rebel team that stole the Death Star plans, and the latter being the younger Han Solo. As fun as it might be for a Star Wars movie to break away from tradition and receive a more ambiguous or enigmatic title, there's no need for that approach. Lucasfilm isn't making Reservoir Dogs here. A Star Wars title should be simple, effective, and clearly state the thesis for the film. Fans will still debate its true meaning, but things should be clear as soon as Lucasfilm announces it.
Star Wars 9 Title Fan Theories
One of the Internet's favorite pastimes is theorizing about Star Wars, and even with The Last Jedi subverting just about every expectation viewers had, speculation for Episode IX still runs rampant. Similar to Marvel fans trying to nail down the Avengers 4 title before Endgame was announced via the trailer, Star Wars enthusiasts are hard at work in an attempt to figure out the Episode IX title before the official unveiling. As always, there are some silly suggestions (most of which involve Jar Jar Binks), but a couple are grounded in plausible evidence.
Many fans were quick to point out how the Episode VIII title, The Last Jedi, was part of The Force Awakens' opening text crawl. This led some to read over Last Jedi's own crawl to see what phrases fit. Admittedly, possibilities there are slim, but people have mentioned Spark of Hope as a potential title, building off of Luke's heroic sacrifice at the end of the previous film. John Boyega has mentioned Episode IX will feature an "all-out war" as the conflict between the Resistance and First Order heats up, with the heroes obviously galvanized by Skywalker's actions. Similarly, others suggest The Last Hope, which connects to Episode IX allegedly being the final installment of this classic saga. Lucasfilm will certainly want to play up the finality of the film in marketing, though there are other ways to do that than to hint at the end with the title.
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- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: Episode IX (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019