Star Wars: Episode VIII finally got a title (and a poster) this week – The Last Jedi. It is going to be the ninth instalment in the Star Wars series, after December’s The Rogue One.
Directed by Rian Johnson, it picks up right where Episode VII: The Force Awakens left off – Daisy Ridley’s Rey handing Luke’s lightsaber back to Mark Hamill’s Skywalker. The title would suggest that the film would mostly be centered around Skywalker as he is the last living Jedi.
Jedi might be used to refer to a single person, or multiple. So, the tile might also indicate a new Jedi order, with Skywalker training Rey and future Jedi hopefuls. A picture of Hamill on Ridley’s shoulders (much like Yoda on Hamill’s back) lends credence to this line of thought.
Skywalker did try to create a new Jedi order in the past. He trained many hopefuls, with Han Solo and Leia Organa’s son Ben being among them. However, he killed all his comrades, and turned to the Dark Side as Kylo Ren.
The Last Jedi is part of the Star Wars canon – it was written in 2013 by Michael Reaves and Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff, as a novel. The novel is about a lone Jedi who goes underground after Revenge of the Sith.
The Last Jedi continues the previous two years’ tradition by opening in the month of December. It opens on December the 15th in the USA.
(Image Credits – Lucasfilm / Walt Disney Studios)
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