Monday, January 23, 2017

'Star Wars: Episode VIII' Title Officially Announced

We all knew this day was coming. Lucasfilm has announced that the film previously known as simply Star Wars: Episode VIII will have the official title of Star Wars: The Last Jedi
The teaser poster for the film (seen above) has the classic Star Wars logo in sinister red lettering, hinting at the darker tone that we've been hearing about since it first started production.

At first glance, "The Last Jedi" refers to Luke Skywalker, who The Force Awakens dubbed the "last Jedi" multiple times. It's promising us that Luke will have a much larger role in Episode VIII as Rey's mentor, rather than the single scene (and zero lines of dialogue) he received in The Force Awakens
But as any true Star Wars fan can tell you, "Jedi" is both a singular and a plural, meaning that this title is sneakily suggesting – but not confirming – that Rey will join Luke as one of the last remaining Jedi in the galaxy. We won't really know if the word "Jedi" in the title is referring to one or two people until December 15.
"The Last Jedi" also suggests that Luke – either with or without Rey – is not going to be rebirthing the Jedi Order. He already tried starting up a new Jedi temple after Return of the Jedi, and it didn't work out so well.

More likely, a wholly new organization of Force users will be constructed. Perhaps by the end of Episode IX, Rey and Kylo Ren (representing the Light Side and Dark Side respectively) will have joined forces (pun intended) to create a new order that truly brings balance to the Force. 
Most importantly, this announcement signals the unofficial shift of Lucasfilm's marketing focus from Rogue One to The Last Jedi. They've been intentionally holding back reveals like this for the past few months, but now the ball's starting to roll. A teaser trailer is expected at Celebration Orlando in April, though we may very well get our first look at The Last Jedi sooner.

What do you think of this announcement? Are you looking forward to Star Wars: The Last Jedi? Tell me in the comments or tweet to @SithObserver, and may the Force be with you all.

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