Today the official website StarWars.com announced the new title for the next upcoming Star Wars installment. Star Wars: Episode VIII is now known as Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Let the speculations fly!
— Star Wars (@starwars) January 23, 2017
The Last Jedi is described as “the next chapter in the Skywalker saga.” This would lead us to believe that the title refers to Luke Skywalker, whom we met at the very, very end of 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
But the internet has rightfully reasoned that the word “Jedi” can also be plural. The title could refer to the last several Jedi, including newcomer Rey. We don’t know anything beyond rumors at this point. With a release date at the end of this year, expect new information to trickle in throughout the year.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is written and directed by Rian Johnson and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman. It stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, and Mark Hamill. The late Carrie Fisher completed her scenes as Leia last year before her untimely death. Her role in future films (whether digitally recreated or recast) has been the subject of rumors and controversy, causing the producers to issue an official statement last week.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is scheduled to release December 15.