Star Wars: Episode VIII Releases Its Official Title

Credit: Lucasfilm

It’s time to say goodbye to the Roman numerals for the upcoming Star Wars sequel, at least for now. Thanks to the folks at StarWars.com, the official title for the upcoming sequel has been revealed, and it’s a doozy.

Star Wars: Episode VIII is now officially Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which definitely has our minds racing. Foreshadowing much?  Are we heading to a darker place with this sequel? The Force Awakens ended with a bit of hope as Rey was finally able to locate and be introduced to Luke after he fell off the radar for years.

There are a lot of things to note about the film being title The Last Jedi. Firstly, it is one of the three out of eight films in the Skywalker Saga to not have a verb in it, joining Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace and the original Star Wars, later titled A New Hope. Secondly and possibly more importantly, the official title has a bright red logo for Star Wars, a first for the franchise. Could the Last Jedi be struggling with the Dark side?

Credit: Lucasfilm

We could spend days speculating about what the title refers to, however, only a trailer will help shed some light on it. It is unknown at this time when the film will be releasing its official trailer though one hopes it will be soon.

As for the details that are known about the film, Daisy Ridley returns to star as Rey, with other returning stars John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, Peter Mayhew, Andy Serkis, Anthony Daniels, Lupita Nyong’o, Mark Hamill, and the late Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa. Benicio Del Toro and Laura Dern are also in the cast but details about their roles are unknown at this time.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is currently set for a December 15, 2017 release.

Erika Negrón Rivera
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