Lucasfilm has announced the name for the next entry in the Star Wars saga. Star Wars: The Last Jedi will hit theaters next December.
The title harkens back to Yoda’s line to Luke Skywalker in Return of the Jedi: “When gone am I, the last of the Jedi will you be”. Supreme Leader Snoke also referred to Skywalker as “the last Jedi” in The Force Awakens.
But what does it mean? We know from The Force Awakens that Luke “was training a new generation of Jedi” before “an apprentice turned against him [and] destroyed it all.” So the question becomes: what about Rey?
The plural of Jedi is also Jedi. So it’s possible the title could simply encompass both Luke as the master and Rey as his new apprentice. (In The Force Awakens, Snoke predicted “If Skywalker returns, the new Jedi will rise.”) Or it could take us to a much darker place where Luke truly is the last of his kind and really bad things happen. Or it could be something in-between in which Luke is the last of the old Jedi Order, but force-sensitive Rey (and possibly others down the line) become not a Jedi but something else, something new.
Whichever way it goes, the title is ripe for speculation until the movie comes out later this year. Oh, and Lucasfilm, if you’re listening, I’m gonna need a trailer soon. Like really soon. OK, thanks.
The Last Jedi is written and directed by Rian Johnson and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman. It is scheduled to be released Dec. 15, 2017.