We will no longer be referring to the upcoming Star Wars installment as “Episode VIII” as Lucasfilm has now officially announced that the next SW movie will be titled “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”
The title is pretty awesome, somewhat familiar to some, but it has surely risen quite a few eyebrows as to what it might actually mean.
So let’s see.
The End Of Luke Skywalker?
The Last Jedi will be directed by Rian Johnson and it should take up immediately after the final shot of J.J. Abrams’ “The Force Awakens”.
Though “The Jedi” from the new title seems to be Skywalker, it is still unclear whether the plot will be focused on Mark Hamill’s character alone. So this probably won’t be as blatant as many fans thought the moment they saw the title.
Folks over at The Verge also noticed that the word “Jedi” can refer to both a single Jedi or a group, which could also mean the title is actually the reference to Rey, or others, joining Luke as guardians of peace in the galaxy.
A Novel Called “The Last Jedi”
As we already mention before, some fans might already be familiar with this title as the phrase “The last Jedi” has already been part of the Star Wars universe.
Namely, in 2013 authors Michael Reaves and Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff wrote a novel of the same title. The book follows a lone Jedi that had gone underground after the events of Revenge of the Sith.
Could this book be the fulcrum of the upcoming screenplay? We’ll find out soon enough.