There has been so much speculation over the title of the 8th “Star Wars” movie. Let’s see, there was “Tales Of The Jedi Temple” (which I kinda dug), “The Rise Of The Jedi” (Which I didn’t), and most recently debunked, “Forces Of Destiny”.
But today, Lucasfilm finally confirmed the title once and for all, via a teaser poster. And Whaddya know, the word Jedi is in it. Star Wars Episode VIII is now known as…
To be honest, I’m not terribly in love with this title. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with it. In fact, it’s fine. But it just feels a little… unimaginative. And if you read between the lines, slightly reductive. Why? Well, think about it. Who is the Last Jedi they’re referring to? Luke Skywalker of course. After the events of “Return Of The Jedi”, Luke was to have restored the Jedi Order, training a new generation in the ways of The Force. That was pretty much Yoda’s dying request. But in “The Force Awakens” we discover that he basically failed in those 30 ensuing years, and retreated into hiding.
Now, this is just a title, and there may well be many Padawan learners (ie: not yet Jedi) running around the galaxy. At least I hope so, because I don’t want things to feel as if they never moved along, which is one of the major flaws of JJ Abrams’ movie. The Empire is back in another name, there are no Jedi, and Han & Leia are back to being singletons.
But whatever the name is, I am excited to see what director Rian Johnson has to offer us. He is a terrific filmmaker, albeit slightly esoteric in his creative choices.
Here’s the official summary so far: “Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which is written and directed by Rian Johnson and continues the storylines introduced in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, welcomes back cast members Mark Hamill, the late Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Lupita Nyong’o, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, and Andy Serkis. New cast members will include Academy Award winner Benicio Del Toro, Academy Award nominee Laura Dern, and newcomer Kelly Marie Tran.”
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman and executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Jason McGatlin, and Tom Karnowski.It premieres 15th December.