'Episode VIII' Can Now Be Called 'The Last Jedi'

'Episode VIII' Can Now Be Called 'The Last Jedi'

By Robert Dougherty Jan 23, 2017 11:35 AM
Photo Credit: LucasFilm

With Rogue One running its course as the biggest film of 2016, the eyes of the Star Wars faithful now turn to Episode VIII. But although it took until the end of the first month of 2017, fans can now call the second film in the official Star Wars trilogy something other than Episode VIII.

StarWars.com officially announced the subtitle for Episode VIII to Twitter and the rest of the galaxy.

"The Last Jedi" is technically a term lifted from The Force Awakens, used in the opening crawl and by Supreme Leader Snoke to describe Luke Skywalker. The whole point of that film was to find Luke, and now that Daisy Ridley's Rey found him at the very end, the last Jedi can start working to shed that title by training a successor. Naturally, the hope is that Luke can do a better job at it with Rey than he did with Kylo Ren/Ben Solo.

Of course, this title doesn't necessarily have to refer to Luke. In fact, it could refer to Rey herself if Luke were to fall at the end of the movie. Then again, with The Last Jedi already turning out to be the late Carrie Fisher's farewell appearance, it would be an extra bitter blow if it was the end of Luke as well. Yet since the Star Wars logo for the film is in red, much like Kylo Ren's lightsaber, it doesn't bode well.

After The Force Awakens killed off Han, it might not come out of nowhere if The Last Jedi did the same to Luke too. But with Han gone and Fisher gone in real life, Mark Hamill is now the last of the three original Star Wars stars to carry on the torch beyond Episode VIII. Still, he could always do it in Force ghost form in Episode IX if need be.

Regardless of how the phrase The Last Jedi will be interpreted at the very end of Episode VIII, the world will flock to see the exact context on Dec. 15. However, the date of the very first teaser trailer and first footage from the film is still unknown, although it can't be too far away now.

Tags: Star Wars: Episode VIII (2017), Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015), Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, Star Wars
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