Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Star Wars Episode VIII is officially titled The Last Jedi

Starwars.com have just revealed that that Star Wars: Episode VIII will officially be titled Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

A mere 325 days until the film's release date, we still know surprisingly little about the latest film in the Skywalker saga, with no official material released from the highly anticipated production beyond a little video announcing the start of filming back in February last year.

Director Rian Johnson (Looper) is certainly a man who likes to keep his cards close to his chest, and sure enough, the press release announcing the title gave no further details, other than the basic information we already know.

So, what can we infer from that title? The Last Jedi could refer to Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), last seen in his island exile on the oceanic planet of Ahch-To. Or it could mean Daisy Ridley's Rey, seen to be Force sensitive in J.J. Abram's Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), and presumably about to undergo some hefty Jedi training under Luke's tutelage.

Of course Jedi could also be interpreted as plural. Are there more Jedi on the horizon? Either way, what does it mean for the future of the series if Rey or Luke truly are the last Jedi? Could Star Wars exist without the lightsaber wielding heroes? Should we read anything into the fact that the logo is red? We will have to wait to find out some of those answers, with Star War: The Last Jedi arriving in cinemas 15 December. But we can now expect the clamour for a trailer to reach fever pitch, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out... you know the rest.

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