On Monday, LucasFilm officially announced that the official title for the eighth entry in the Skywalker saga is Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Naturally, the internet went crazy and fans started to endlessly speculate about what this new title signifies.
Before The Force Awakens was released, many wondered what the title referred to. Of course, fans now know that the force awakened in both Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver). Obviously, the vagueness of The Last Jedi has been subject to debate from many fans. Did the title refer singularly to Luke Skywalker? Is this title a reference to Rey? Perhaps Jedi in this case is plural.
We are still under a year away until we find out what The Last Jedi means, but that won’t stop Mark Hamill from teasing fans about its intriguing ambiguity. The actor was recently at the Sundance Film Festival, promoting his new film Brigsby Bear. Hamill had the opportunity to speak with Mike Ryan of Uproxx, whom asked of his opinion on the new title:
I mean, I was told way back when we were doing the film what it was and I really liked it. I didn’t realize, though, that actual phrase is in the crawl for Episode VII.
By the way, when you read The Force Awakens script, the very first two words are, “Luke Skywalker has vanished.” Ooh, baby, this is going to be good! I’m going to have a great part! But down later in the crawl, and I can’t quote it exactly, I saw on Twitter this morning, “until Skywalker, the last Jedi, is destroyed.” I thought, well, I didn’t know that! I’ve only seen it twice – VII, I mean. And I was wondering why they would use that phrase if it was used that way, because it specifies me. And I think it’s very ambiguous. Is the last Jedi Leia? Is it me?
Ryan then asked Hamill if Rey was The Last Jedi, to which he responds:
Is it someone we’ve never met before? Or is it Rey? Because she seems to have the force as well. So we’ll all wait and see.
It looks like fans will have to wait until the first trailer is released to gain further clues about the state of the galaxy. But in the meantime, we can continue to conjure up speculation about the title as well as where Rey, Finn, Poe and Kylo Ren’s adventures are headed until then.
Directed by Rian Johnson and starring Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Andy Serkis, Benicio del Toro, Laura Dern and Kelly Marie Tran, Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens in a galaxy near you on December 15.