Get ready, “Star Wars” fans, the official title of “Star Wars: Episode VIII” has finally been revealed!
Disney and Lucasfilm announced today that the next installment of the franchise will be named “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and will hit theaters later this year.
The title has left many wondering exactly who the last Jedi is!
The film will pick up where “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” left off. Many of the stars will reprise their roles, including: Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, John Bodega, Lupita Nyong’o and the late Carrie Fisher.
Carrie, who plays the iconic Princess Leia, had finished shooting her scenes before her death on December 27. It had been planned before her death that she would also be in the ninth film, which begins shooting in 2018. Lucasfilm has said it has “no plans” to digitally recreate Fisher for that film.
“The Last Jedi" was written and directed by Rian Johnson, who wanted to explore more about Rey, Finn and Poe.
He told USA Today, “I wanted to know more about each of them, and that doesn’t just mean information or backstory.” He continued, "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.”
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” hits theaters December 15, 2017.