The next Star Wars instalment has an official title, and it’s going to be called… Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
The official Star Wars Facebook page released an image with the title for Episode VIII last night, with the words “Star Wars” in an ominous red colour.
Sharing the title on Twitter, director Rian Johnson said: “Excited (and relieved) to finally share this!” – no doubt referring to the high level of secrecy and intense speculation surrouding the movie.
Excited (and relieved) to finally share this! https://t.co/QKzA21tuog
— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) January 23, 2017
In an interview with Associated Press, Mark Hamill, who plays Luke Skywalker, called the title “straightforward and minimalist”, and that it had a real “samurai” feel to it. He also said that Johnson had already told him the title when they were making the movie.
“I said, ‘Don’t tell me these things, I talk in my sleep!’ They are so jacked up with paranoia over leaks … it’s funny, because back when we were making the original, nobody cared!” he said in the interview.
Fans are already speculating about who the “last Jedi” could be, and what the red lettering means. Does the title refer to Luke Skywalker or Rey as the “last Jedi”? Do the red letters mean that the Sith will be scoring a major victory in Episode VIII?
Written and directed by Rian Johnson, Star Wars: The Last Jedi will star Hamill, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac. It will also feature Carrie Fisher’s final appearance as General Leia Organa. Fisher had wrapped filming on the film before her death last December. The film is scheduled for release on Dec 15.