The title for 'Star Wars: Episode VIII' is finally out
In 2015, the Force awakened and finally in 2017 "the last Jedi" shows up.
Today Star Wars released the official title for Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, due in theaters on Dec. 15. At least, that's when it should be out. The poster, puzzlingly, just says "December"; the movie was already posponed about a year ago from May 2017 to December 2017.
One can only guess that "the last Jedi" in question is Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) who we saw for a few measly seconds at the end of Episode VII: The Force Awakens, living like a hermit on a remote planet until Rey (Daisy Ridley) tracks him down.
It's perhaps a less puzzling title than The Force Awakens, which prompted lots of "but why has it been sleeping?" barbs, but still a bit strange considering Luke has presumably been the only Jedi since Yoda died in Return of the Jedi, 30 years before The Force Awakens. (Ignoring, of course, the Expanded Universe books in which Luke trained several more Jedi, since Disney has since decanonized that line.) There are hints that Luke tried to train his nephew Ben Solo turned Kylo Ren, but we saw how that turned out.
Does the new moniker "the last Jedi" imply that Rey isn't going to become a new Jedi? Awkward.
Carrie Fisher had already finished filming her scenes as now-Gen. Leia Organa for the movie, in which she reportedly features more prominently than in The Force Awakens, before she died in December. Thankfully, Lucasfilm announced last week that it wouldn't be digitally recreating her for the movie like it did in last month's Rogue One with a younger Fisher and the late Peter Cushing's likeness as Grand Moff Tarkin.