Disney announces Episode 8 will now be known as ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’


LOS ANGELES – Disney has announced that the next “Star Wars” movie will be billed as “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”, raising speculations among fanatics of the galactic saga as to who is being referred to as the last warrior of The Force.

The sequel was previously known as “Episode VIII” and is the second of a trilogy. The first movie in the trilogy, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, was shown last year.

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is directed by Rian Johnson and follow the adventures of Luke Skywalker played by Mark Hamill and Princess Leia played by the late Carrie Fisher. Fisher died last month, a few days after suffering a cardiac episode on a flight from London to Los Angeles.

Fisher had already shot her scenes in “The Last Jedi” before her untimely demise.

“We have the greatest fans in this or any other galaxy. In appreciation of the fans, we wanted them to be first to know the title of the next chapter of the Skywalker saga: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’,” said Disney in a press statement.

The “Star Wars” Twitter account showed a poster of the new title.

Fans were in a tizzy as to who would be the last Jedi – Skywalker or Ray, who was played by Daisy Ridley in “The Force Awakens.”

In the last scene of “The Force Awakens”, Ray meets Skywalker who had gone into hiding in a planet after one of his wards “went over to the Dark Side” – Kylo Ren (played by Adam Driver) – who is the son of Luke’s sister, Princess Leia, with Hans Solo (Harrison Ford). Hans Solo died in The Force Awakens.

Ray gives Luke his light saber in that last scene – perhaps to train her to be a Jedi. Ray’s parents however were not revealed in “The Force Awakens”.

Everything will be answered when “The Last Jedi” is shown in December. GAC/Expat Media


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