Star Wars Episode VIII gets a title: The Last Jedi
It's official: Star Wars Episode VIII now has a title. Lucasfilm revealed today in an announcement that new next instalment in the much-loved space opera franchise created by George Lucas will be titled Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
The follow-up to The Force Awakens will be directed by Rian Johnson, the man who directed Brick and sci-fi adventure Looper. The narrative of the new film is expected to pick up where J.J. Abrams' film left off, with a wordless Luke Skywalker having finally been tracked down by Daisy Ridley's character, Rey.
If that title sounds familiar, that's probably because The Last Jedi is also the title of a Star Wars novel written by Michael Reaves and Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff, published in 2013. However, Lucasfilm have yet to release details of the new film's plot and it's not clear whether the storyline will bear any similarities to the one featured in Reaves and Bohnhoff's book.
J.J. Abrams will retain a role as executive producer on the new film, which is due to arrive in cinemas on December 15th.
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