Even though Disney’s cranking them out once a year at this point, new Star Wars films are still a big enough deal that even the reveal of a title sets off days of excitement, speculation and memes. The film known only as Episode VIII has long since wrapped shooting, so we were hoping the official title would follow soon. Today, we got our wish.
So Episode VIII is now Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but what does that mean? The easiest answer is that the title refers to Luke Skywalker, who was the last of the Jedi Knights by the end of Return of the Jedi and became so again sometime between that film and The Force Awakens, when his attempt to train a new generation of Jedi ended in slaughter, sending him into exile. Now Luke’s back in the Star Wars picture, but he’s not the only Jedi, as the young scavenger Rey (Daisy Ridley) is just beginning to use her powers and, we hope, learning a thing or two from Luke. By the time the third film in the original trilogy was set, Luke was on his way to being the last warrior of his kind, tasked with preserving the Jedi way. Could Rey’s own path echo Luke’s? Will his ultimate destiny be to pass the “Last Jedi” mantle on to her?
We won’t kow the answer to that until the film drops in December. For now, I’m just hoping for even the most cryptic of trailers. Just a little blip of footage. Please?