With less than a year to go until Star Wars Episode VIII comes out on December 15, 2017, the world has been eagerly awaiting the news of the movie’s name. On Monday, Lucasfilms announced the title: The Last Jedi.
It’s not often that the name of a new movie is so hotly debated and dissected, but the Star Wars franchise is a completely different animal. Once Disney and Lucasfilms announced three more movies, the anticipation for Episode VII’s name was huge and the same can be said about ‘The Last Jedi.”
— Star Wars (@starwars) January 23, 2017
The press release announcing the name itself was pretty short. Here it is in full:
We have the greatest fans in this or any other galaxy. In appreciation of the fans, we wanted them to be the first to know the title of the next chapter in the Skywalker saga: STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI.
THE LAST JEDI is written and directed by Rian Johnson and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman and executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Jason McGatlin, and Tom Karnowski.
STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI is scheduled for release December 15, 2017.
The name of the movie itself is interesting, as there will be one more installment in the Skywalker Saga after Episode VII in Episode IX, so the idea of a “last Jedi” is odd. However, based on where Episode VII: The Force Awakens left off, it’s also not surprising.
Spoiler alert in case you for some reason haven’t seen it: Episode VII ends with Rey finding Luke Skywalker all alone at the location of the first Jedi temple. It’s quite possible, as they discussed in Episode VII, that Luke is the last Jedi in the galaxy, hence the name of the movie.
Just seconds after the new name was released, Twitter lit up with theories and thoughts about the name.
— Andi Gutierrez (@DeeGoots) January 23, 2017
— IGN (@IGN) January 23, 2017
The Last Jedi!! The plural for Jedi has to be Jedi, so I think we're ok here. RIGHT? I need a tissue. Please don't die Luke. pic.twitter.com/4AEJVeW7Pf
— Ryan Wyatt (@Fwiz) January 23, 2017
leaked the last jedi opening crawl pic.twitter.com/MQtGufmoBt
— stardust (@tolkienianjedi) January 23, 2017
— C. W. Walker (@iOrder66) January 23, 2017
"Return of the Jedi"
"The Force Awakens"
"The Last Jedi" pic.twitter.com/TrYceALqIr
— iamatwat (@PesciGotPepsi) January 23, 2017
With the name now released, fans are guessing when the first trailer could be released. The Force Awakens came out on December 18, 2015 and the first full trailer was released on another Disney property, ESPN’s Monday Night Football, on Monday, October 19th, 2015.
October is a long time from now, but to release a trailer for Episode VIII much earlier than they did for Episode VII would seem odd. What Disney could do is release a teaser over the summer, like they did with VII, and then a full length trailer during MNF in the fall.
While that seems like a logical timeline of events for Episode VIII since it worked well for Episode VII, Rouge One was a different story.
First trailer: early April
Second trailer: mid-August
Third trailer: mid-October
Movie: December 16, 2016
So really, we have no idea when the first trailer will be released. Very helpful!
Time will tell when a trailer is a released and the odds of us writing about it are very high. Let’s just hope the trailer has the correct spelling of JEDI, and no letters are left off.
"the last jed" pic.twitter.com/Bdval1w4IS
— joe lucia (@Joe_TOC) January 23, 2017