‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ Title Announced

Star Wars Episode VIII First Look
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The title for “Star Wars: Episode VIII” has finally been revealed.

Disney and Lucasfilm annouced on Monday that the next chapter in the space opera saga will be named “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

“The Last Jedi,” written and directed by Rian Johnson, immediately follows the events of 2015’s smash hit “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

The film stars Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, and Andy Serkis. The cast also includes the late Carrie Fisher, who died on Dec. 27. The actress, who played Princess Leia Organa, had wrapped shooting before her death. Lucasfilm said earlier this month that it won’t digitally recreate Fisher in upcoming movies. Leia was also originally slated to appear in the ninth movie, which begins filming in 2018.

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Benicio Del Toro, Laura Dern, and Kelly Marie Tran will also appear in “The Last Jedi.”

Johnson said in a recent interview that the epic will explore the motivations of the hero trio — Rey, Finn, and Poe — and Rey’s connection with Luke.

“I wanted to know more about each of them, and that doesn’t just mean information or backstory,” Johnson told USA Today. “Figure out what’s the most difficult thing each of them could be challenged with now — let’s throw that at them and dig into what really makes them tick by seeing how they handle that.”

The pic is produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman, and executive produced by “The Force Awakens” director J.J. Abrams, Jason McGatlin, and Tom Karnowski.

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” hits theaters on Dec. 15, 2017.

Here’s the film’s first official poster.

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  1. IT--II--IT says:

    PLEASE !

    – – ——in the Name of GOD ! – —- PLEASE !

    ———————— – – – – PULL the plug on this Intel RUN 70s show franchise slum !

    • Jacen says:

      Hmm, let’s see . . . the movies are making money and people want to see them. No, let’s not make them, because some angry internet nerd is screaming “not the momma.” Yeah, that’s good financial sense.

  2. loco73 says:

    Well, the title kind of falls in line with what we’ve come to expect. I hope that the movie turns out good, because in the wake of “Rogue One”, a movie that I loved, my interest in the new trilogy has diminished and I am more intrigued by the Anthology movies.

    For example the young Han Solo movie has gotten a lot more interesting for me now that Woody Harrelson confirmed his casting/role in it.

    I think that Rian Johnson has the ability to pull off a quality driven Episode VIII. Less certain about Colin Trevorrow and Episode IX.

    I also hope they change their mind about digitising Carrie Fisher for Episode IX.

  3. John Stone says:

    What a lazy title. Bet that took 5 seconds to come up with. Just goes to show Disney’s cash grab attitude to the franchise. Awakens was a lazy remakequel (as Lucas put it) and I’m sure this movie will be the same.

    • Jacen says:

      What’s lazy is the repetition of the myth that TFA was nothing more than a remake of the original Star Wars. Vacuous hipster posing. If you really are familiar with the series, you will see that ESB is also a “remake” of the original.

  4. cadavra says:

    This just in: Chapter IX has now been titled, “Hey, Wait a Minute! There’s Another Jedi!”

  5. irwinator1992 says:

    I love the title. It alludes to Luke Skywalker and maybe Rey. Also, the red color on the logo means it’s gonna get rough.

    Mark Hamill and Daisy Ridley are going to steal the screen in 2017. And Rain Johnson will knock this out of the park. Also, I predict an Oscar nomination for Ridley, who previously gave an Oscar-worthy performance in The Force Awakens.

    • Guest says:

      I don’t know if Hamill and Ridley will steal the screen, given the film’s title. That means the focus will be on them, as if we didn’t already know.

  6. Lex says:

    That’s ‘Transformers’ good. Meaning ‘not good’.

  7. Derek fleming says:

    It’s not bad

  8. Morgan Travis says:

    To everyone assuming the title refers to Luke and inferring his imminent demise, remember that the word Jedi is both singular and plural.

  9. Typo alert – Annouced

  10. Paul says:

    Don’t worry about the title. If you know anything about Rian Johnson, it will be fanf**kingtastic. For reference, check out “Brick” or some of Breaking Bad’s best episodes (“Fly,” “Ozymandias”).

  11. Leon says:

    I dont like it all. It sounds like luke is going to die and we are going to estrogen central lead Rey trying to carry a film she shouldn’t even be in She is a terrible character. Anyways if Luke dies then I am never watching anything more star wars. Plus without han and now Carrie, whats really the point if we lose luke too. Also the title is really dumb too. But then again thats how generations snowflake likes it. Dumb and PC. Go figure.

    • Caligula says:

      hey douchebag. the term snowflakes was created by Nazis when talking about the ashes from murdered jews. Stop being a piece of shiit, ok? Thanks-From all of us

    • AC Walker says:

      The irony of someone whining that if a fictional character dies he won’t watch the movies then describing other people as “snowflakes” is deliriously funny.

  12. Concerned says:

    Not really happy with the title. Sounds like Luke is going to die. Everyone knows Leah has the force, but she isn’t Jedi. I just feel that if they kill of Luke it’s going to turn in to some free range whatever. YOU MUST have a Jedi Master. You MUST have a dark lord of the Sith. Yes, we Star Wars fans know that there is more than Jedi and Sith, but they’ve been in existence for 20 thousand plus years.

  13. Patrick says:

    I’m not really enthusiastic about this title. Sounds too ordinary.

    • Dunstan says:

      Patrick, your enthusiasm about the title is unfortunately irrelevant. Audiences around the world want to see more “Star Wars.” They don’t care what the title is. You’re either a fan of this saga or you’re not.

      Personally, I think the two most recent films, especially “The Force Awakens,” are basically retreads. There is only so much that can be done with the concept of the rebels versus the empire. It’s the same thing. Over and over and over again.

      • Ink Slinger says:

        “You’re either a fan of this saga or you’re not.” Only a Sith deals in absolutes.

        Why are Star Wars fans so ridiculously closed-minded? No other fan is obligated to like every single movie or title.

      • Guest says:

        Gee, that didn’t take long for politics in this galaxy to rear its ugly head.

      • AC Walker says:

        Where on Earth does Dunstan state his/her ideology, Leon? Are you some kind of obsessive-compulsive loon?

      • Leon says:

        And they say Liberals are open minded. Stop making liberals look like hypocrites. DuMbstan. What you said is completely untrue.

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