The speculation and debate surrounding the title for Star Wars: Episode VIII had been going on ever since The Force Awakens hit theaters at the end of 2015, with fans spending months trying to predict what the mystery title was going to be. Luckily, this week, all of that speculation was put to an end (for the most part), when Disney and Lucasfilm announced once and for all that the highly anticipated sequel would be called Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Director Rian Johnson was quick to continue teasing the title following the announcement as well, but as one part of speculation ends, another begins and already, there's been a number of discussions surrounding the title's meaning. Who is the Last Jedi in question? Luke? Rey? Or is it Jedi in the plural form?
During a recent interview with Uproxx at this year's Sundance International Film Festival, Mark Hamill continued that exact kind of speculation, offering up more questions about the title than answers (obviously). The actor was quick to praise the ambiguous nature of "The Last Jedi," something fans have taken a fairly strong liking to also:
“I think it’s very ambiguous. Is the last Jedi Leia? … Is it me? Is it someone we’ve never met before? Or is it Rey? Because she seems to have the force as well. So we’ll all wait and see.”
Obviously, Hamill knows the answers to the questions he's posing here, but thanks to the intense level of secrecy surrounding the new Star Wars films, there likely won't be any answers until December this year. However, as most fans are likely already aware, there are a couple of hints in The Force Awakens alone that could point towards the meaning behind the title, most of which seem to confirm Luke as being the last Jedi in question, which would make sense considering how desperately both The Resistance and The First Order are trying to find him throughout the entirety of The Force Awakens.
At this point, though, there's even less known about The Last Jedi than there was when Episode VII was this close to being released, so basically, anything is possible. About the only thing that seems to be certain is that the film will be much darker than its predecessor, given both the traditional Star Wars trilogy formula, comments from those involved in the film, and the ominous red text in The Last Jedi teaser poster. Hopefully, with this announcement it means a trailer or at least some images will be released soon.
- Star Wars 8/Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) release date: Dec 15, 2017
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: Episode IX (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019
- Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) release date: May 25, 2018