Ever since Star Wars: The Force Awakens landed back in 2015, audiences have been speculating what the title of the highly anticipated Episode 8 would be in the Star Wars franchise. Today Disney and Lucasfilm officially lifted the veil and let audiences know what that title will be. Officially naming it The Last Jedi.
Making the announcement via the official Star Wars website, the press briefing stages;
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 LAST JEDI is written and directed by Rian Johnson and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman and executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Jason McGatlin, and Tom Karnowski.
STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI is scheduled for release December 15, 2017
It raises a lot of questions about the upcoming movie, not least the fact that we suspect there are many more Jedi still hiding out in the Star Wars universe. It’s a very foreboding title for sure, along with the use of red font. Interestingly, a similar title was originally muted for Star Wars Episode 6 back in the day – Revenge of the Jedi. Obviously they never went with that title – but one has to wonder if this is a nod to that.
Audiences won’t have all that long to wait. The first trailer is expected to land for The Last Jedi this spring – much like The Force Awakens first trailer hit in spring 2015.
The most recent Star Wars offering from Disney and Lucasfilm was released in December 2016 and was the first in the planned Star Wars Anthology films – Rogue One. That movie told the story of how the Death Star plans were stolen by a band of rebels. The movie hasn’t performed as well as The Force Awakens at the Box Office, bringing in an estimated $800 million worldwide compared to The Force Awakens $2 billion Box Office haul.
Are you happy with the choice of name? Are you excited for the upcoming Star Wars movie?