Geekery: Episode VIII has a Title

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The marketing for the next movie in the trilogy has begun!

From StarWars.com:

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.

Not much else has been revealed – LucasArts is very good about handling leaks. Will mention that the movie shares its title with a 1981 stand alone comic by Mike W. Barr and Walt Simonson that is based around a story of Luke Skywalker training a Force sensitive man.

Any theories?

  • Raven Jax

    Obviously hard to judge anything off of just a title, but I still don’t like the vibes its giving off of just rehashing the original trilogy.

    Luke was the last Jedi in Return of the Jedi. Wasn’t that part of the main plot? Is the new movie just going to rehash the same plot points and themes?

    • Horus84cmd

      Don’t forget the plural of Jedi is Jedi….I imagine (and hope) that they will play off that. I suspect we will get to see what went on with Luke, Kylo and the foundation of a new Jedi Order (and all the new Jedi he trained) and subsequent fall out.

      • Raven Jax

        Fair point. I did forget that it can also be plural.

        • Horus84cmd

          The title could also be playing on the fact that Luke was “The Last Jedi” and/or has once again become the “The Last Jedi”, after the new order gets massacred.

    • Bran D

      Luke is still the last jedi…the movie will probably revolve around him training Rey, then luke dying and becoming a force ghost in a confrontation with Snoke, then Rey taking on the mantle of The Last Jedi. Or maybe it’ll show more of Luke’s story before the events in the 7th movie?

    • Valeli

      Yes. The new movie is going to rehash /exactly/ the same plot points and themes, if you didn’t pick that up from the first of these….

      I’ll still see it, but have to say I was a bit let down to have these three be that much of a reimagining/update/whatever rather than a new story.

      They could prove me wrong of course, with a surprise hard left on the next two. But ten cents says they won’t.

  • An empty title for an emptied saga.

    • Sam Nolton

      Kinda feel the same. At least “The Force Awakens” was a provocative title…..”The Last Jedi” sounds like a 5th-rate expanded universe children’s book.

      • Arthfael

        I felt all the more ready to forgive Rogue One’s little errors that at least it was an original story, unlike Force Awakens.

      • And it seems just a sample of what’s coming… ‘Rogue Two: Another Needless Star Wars Story’ anyone?

        Kinda sad that such inspiring and epic feelings about the starting saga became this.

  • euansmith

    “Luke Skywalker? I thought you were dead!”

  • ZeeLobby

    Yawn, more excited for side movies now

    • Vladamyr

      couldnt agree more

    • Valeli

      Right?

    • CatachanCommissar

      The Force Awakens was better than Rogue One. *opens arms to embrace your hate*

      • ZeeLobby

        No hate or argument needed. A movie with a brand new script will always outdo a rehash of older movies in the same series.

        • CatachanCommissar

          I went purely by how the movies made me feel; I thought Rogue One was a fairly generic war movie that just happened to take place in the star wars universe, and I thought TFA actually felt like a Star Wars movie to me.

          I felt way much more emotion in TFA, and I felt almost none in R1, except a general feeling of “well that’s a bummer” at the end. I didn’t like the cinematic shooting style of R1, nor did I appreciate the music. It just wasn’t for me.

          R1 is still light years ahead of the prequels. I consider the prequels (and the special effects changes that Lucas made to 4-6) the hottest of garbage. I’ll take a soft reboot over generic fan service pandering war movie any day.

          • ZeeLobby

            Agreed about prequels and special effects, but TFA was the most generic fan service movie I hink ive ever seen. I don’t get why they couldn’t at least introduce some of the old characters in Episode VIIi but it really just felt like everyone was thrown in to make fans happy, the plot was just repetitive and dismal (a deathstar, again, an ace pilot that never even gets close to being harmed, r2d2 just happens to boot up to fill a plot hole, a twist that’s spoiled by characters halfway through the movie, a brainwashed storm trooper who magically realizes he’s a good guy on his first mission, etc). At least R1 was believable, someone had to write that. TFA was more like a collage of stuff on a list of what they thought people would want to see.

            That said, to each their own, but man was TFA disappointing. Was expecting a fresh and exciting adventure with new planets, new plots, and new characters. Instead it just seemed like a jumbled mess of old and new with lots of hand holding (“our son is bad now, I’ll have to confront him” instead of “Luke, I am your father”).

  • rakshasa

    If they follow Rougue One in style and direction, it may be a new hope in this somewhat mediocre becoming franchise

    • Shawn

      Get what you said, yeah? – “…a new hope…” ha!

  • Bran D

    I just really really hope that Kylo Ren stays evil…i do not want any redemption for him at all. He is getting trained more and I’m sure that will involve lightsaber techniques and maybe some force lightening shenanigans, so the fights should be much more refined than his duel with Rey. Plus we will get to see just how powerful the strongest jedi ever is.

    • Red_Five_Standing_By

      Rei is either going to redeem Kylo or she is going to kill him. There really aren’t any inbetweens here.

      • Bran D

        He could die lots of ways and probably will, I just hope he doesn’t become good before.

        • Red_Five_Standing_By

          His whole arc is going to be one of redemption.

          • Arthfael

            We knew that the moment we saw him. Which is only part of what’s wrong with the character.