‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ Has an Official Title — ‘The Last Jedi’

Rian Johnson is directing the next installment in the Skywalker saga, hitting theaters Dec. 15

January 23, 2017
Photo: Twitter

Lucasfilm has revealed the title for the next installment of its Skywalker saga: “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” The franchise’s official Twitter account tweeted out the news on Monday.

Rian Johnson (“Looper”) is directing the film, a follow-up to “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” It hits theaters on Dec. 15.

Previously known as “Episode VIII,” “The Last Jedi” will see the return of Mark Hamill as the Jedi warrior Luke Skywalker. His character appeared briefly at the end of 2015’s “The Force Awakens,” alongside star Daisy Ridley.

Other cast members returning from “Episode VII” include John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, and the late Carrie Fisher, to name a few. They’ll be joined by “Star Wars” newcomers Benicio Del Toro and Laura Dern.

Not much is known about the plot of “The Last Jedi” and the tweet which broke the news doesn’t offer many clues, but that didn’t stop it from getting retweeted over 100,000 times in just a few hours. Check it out (below).

Click here for speculation on what “The Last Jedi” might mean.

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