At long last, this year’s enormously anticipated Star Wars: Episode VIII, the follow-up to The Force Awakens, has been given an official title straight from Disney. Written and directed by Looper‘s Rian Johnson, the next Skywalker saga film will be called Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
StarWars.com broke the reveal and was nice enough to provide the title card in poster treatment form, which you can check out below:
Other than the title reveal, the press release didn’t really have much else to say about Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but here’s the full thing if you’re curious:
The Official Title for Star Wars: Episode VIII Revealed
Announcing the name of the next film in the Skywalker saga.
We have the greatest fans in this or any other galaxy. In appreciation of the fans, we wanted them to be the first to know the title of the next chapter in the Skywalker saga: STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI.
THE LAST JEDI is written and directed by Rian Johnson and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman and executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Jason McGatlin, and Tom Karnowski.
STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI is scheduled for release December 15, 2017.
StarWars.com. All Star Wars, all the time.
Much like the title The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi isn’t exactly electric with energy, but it’s a very solid title that still holds true to the terms and ideas beloved in the mythology – even if it does sound slightly more like a novel than a film. Most can assume that the title is referring to Luke Skywalker’s glorious return to the forefront in this film, but part of me wonders if there’s more to it than just that simple statement regarding the last living Jedi.
Interesting that the Star Wars lettering is red, a color normally associated with the dark side and Star Wars films that are darker in tone. Personally, I’m just glad that we finally know what to call one of the biggest films of 2017, since we’re only 11 months away from Star Wars: The Last Jedi’s official release.