What the 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Title Means for 'Episode VIII'
Chances are you've spent the last year making guesses about the title for Star Wars: Episode VIII. But today's the day to see how close you were, since Lucasfilm finally released the official title of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Here's the first official promotional image for The Last Jedi, which comes out at the end of this year:
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The name fits well. It's not a huge break from tradition for Star Wars titles, but it's easy to remember and it conveys the desolate sense one would expect from a galaxy still recovering from the Empire. Being the middle film in the newest trilogy, it's very likely going to be the darkest of the three just like The Empire Strikes Back in the original trilogy. The parallel (and negative) emotions invoked by The Last Jedi and Empire Strikes Back already match the parallel (and positive) emotions invoked by A New Hope and The Force Awakens.
It won't be exactly the same story, since The Force Awakens set up different plot lines for our heroes (and villains): Rey is already training with Luke, Finn is recovering from a lightsaber burn, and Kylo Ren's off to complete his Sith training with the First Order. But even if Episode VIII doesn't end just like Episode V, with Rey getting her arm cut off by Kylo Ren, or Finn being frozen in carbonite after saying "I know" to Poe Dameron, we can reasonably expect a similar cliffhanger ending where the First Order, well, strikes back.
As for who the last Jedi could be, we really only have two options: Luke Skywalker and/or Rey, unless there's a twist coming. And, as Coming Soon noted, the opening title crawl for The Force Awakens already referred to Luke as "the last Jedi" that the First Order wants to destroy. Rey isn't a Jedi just yet, although she hopefully will be by the end of the movie. Either way, the title suggests there'll be a huge focus on Luke Skywalker.
Now that the title's out, expect a lot more promotional material from Lucasfilm to start rolling out. Star Wars: The Last Jedi, directed by Rian Johnson, comes out on December 15, 2017.
Image: Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures