Earlier today, January 23rd, StarWars.com revealed the title of episode 8 for fans. The movie will be titled Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Throughout the history and lore of Star Wars the jedi have played a crucial role in the galaxy dating back to the Old Republic. As beacons of the light side of the Force and protectors of justice they have worked to protect the Republic and larger galaxy from evil such as the sith. With a title like The Last Jedi and considering how literal Star Wars films have been to their titles, it makes me wonder if this could be the last time we see the jedi or is it nothing more than an ode to Luke? He will have a more prominent role in this Star Wars film and as we learned in episode 7, the new Jedi Order was wiped out due to the betrayal by Ben Solo; now Kylo Ren, leader of the Knights of Ren. Jedi can also be used in the plural form and the title could be referring to more than one Jedi, not just Luke Skywalker.
With the reveal a logo was also released for the movie and it is very telling what the direction of the movie will take.
Notice how the color used to spell out Star Wars is red like the red lightsaber used by the Sith and other dark side users. This was not done by accident and I believe in episode 8 we will see the First Order and the Knights of Ren on a grander scale. At the end of The Force Awakens, Snoke orders General Hux to bring Kylo Ren back to him so he can complete his training. Based on the ominous tone with the red letters, The Last Jedi may also show us Kylo Ren’s training to become a dark side master. The Empire Strikes Back showed Luke training with Yoda on Dagobah so naturally showing Kylo train with Snoke on a planet like Mustafar would be an amazing contrast and wink to that film. I don’t know about anyone else but I am excited with the title and possibilities for episode 8.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman, executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Jason McGatlin, and Tom Karnowski and written and directed by Rian Johnson.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is set to fly into theaters December 15, 2017