Disney and Lucasfilm have announced that the eighth live action ‘Star Wars’ film will be called ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’.
The news was announced earlier in a post on StarWars.com that acknowledged the long-running sci-fi franchise’s hardcore faithful.
“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.”
There’s also a teaser poster of sorts and we have to say we’re HUGE fans of the new red title treatment that harks back to the ‘Revenge of the Jedi’ era…
— Star Wars (@starwars) January 23, 2017
The three-word title is a break with tradition for the franchise. The previous two mid-trilogy titles ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ and ‘Attack of the Clones’ were four-word titles leading fans to speculate up the wrong tree, but the beauty of ‘The Last Jedi’ as a title is that Jedi is both the singular and plural of the word, so it refers to Luke Skywalker AND Rey at the same time.
Twitter erupted with reactions to the new title that ranged from the sublime to the ridiculous.
"Return of the Jedi"
"The Force Awakens"
"The Last Jedi" pic.twitter.com/TrYceALqIr
— iamatwat (@PesciGotPepsi) January 23, 2017
Do you love anyone enough to give them your last Jedi?
— Chris Hewitt (@ChrisHewitt) January 23, 2017
— Daniel Bettridge (@DanielBettridge) January 23, 2017
— Mark O'Connell (@Mark0Connell) January 23, 2017
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) January 23, 2017
‘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 15 December, 2017. Watch the announcement teaser below.