Well, it’s been a long time coming, but we finally know what to call Star Wars Episode VIII thanks to a press release from StarWars.com. It reads:
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.
Now I don’t know about you guys, but I love The Last Jedi as a title. It’s simple, bold, and very Star Wars-y. Plus, the implications of the title are fairly ominous. Will Luke be the last of the Jedi? Is Luke going to die? Will Rey not follow the Jedi path? So many interesting questions have been raised from that title alone. And as an added bonus, the title breaks the typical naming conventions of the previous two trilogies, for those people who were complaining about Disney’s Star Wars simply retreading old material. Take that, nerds.
Not only that, but we also received a new poster for the film, displaying the film’s title, with a stark change in color scheme:
An ominous poster to match an ominous title. I love it. Now that we know what to call this thing, perhaps that means a trailer is on the horizon? One can only hope.
What do you guys think of the title? Love it? Hate it? Let me know in the comments below. Star Wars: The Last Jedi (God that sounds so bad ass) hits theaters December 15.