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Star Wars Episode VIII Will Be Called The Last Jedi

The film is set for a December 15, 2017 release.

After last year’s one-off story, Rogue One, 2017 will see a return to the new Star Wars trilogy. As is now custom, Episode VIII won’t be in theaters until December, but it’s never too early to get the hype train rolling. That train left the station today, with the announcement that Episode VIII will be called The Last Jedi.

Pretty dramatic! All we know about the upcoming movie so far is that it will pick up right where The Force Awakens left off, with Rey meeting Luke and handing him Anakin’s lightsaber. Given Kylo Ren’s harsh treatment of his fellow Jedi-in-training before the events of The Force Awakens, Luke may well be the last Jedi left.

It’s a good title for drumming up conversation — the last Jedi could be Luke, or it could be the clearly Force-sensitive Rey. Or, it could be both! Jedi is the plural of Jedi, as many have pointed out. It doesn’t look like it’s going to be a pleasant ride for whoever the last Jedi is, though — the red on that Star Wars logo is some seriously foreboding stuff.

The Last Jedi will bring back most of the cast from The Force Awakens, including the late Carrie Fisher. Fisher, who passed away late last month. Fisher had completed filming her scenes as Leia for The Last Jedi before her passing, but it’s unknown whether or not Leia’s fate will be settled at the end of this movie or the beginning of Episode IX. Lucasfilm has already confirmed that they will not use CGI to bring back Fisher as Leia in Episode IX.

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