After months and months of speculation on what the Star Wars 8 official title would be, the secret is now out. Come December this year, millions will be flocking to the cinema to watch The Last Jedi, the follow up to The Force Awakens that will center around Luke Skywalker's Jedi training of Rey.
Of course, now the title has been officially announced, there will be even more speculation on what it could mean. But casting aside wild fan theories on how those three little words give away the entire plot of the movie, what does #LukeSkywalker himself, Mark Hamill, think of the title? Talking to the Associated Press, he said:
"It's got a real samurai [feel]. It's straightforward and minimalist, and I like that."
Hurray! Skywalker, sorry, Hamill, does have a point. Although the title doesn't reek of originality, its deliberate ambiguity leaves a lot to the imagination. And when it comes to #StarWars, the clearer the canvas, the more wild the sketch of possibility.
"He [Rian Johnson] told me that when we were making the movie and I said, 'Don't tell me these things. I talk in my sleep. They have us so jacked up with paranoia over leaks. But that's the way of the world. It's funny 'cause back when we were making the original nobody cared."
'The Last Jedi': A Cause For Speculation
The beauty of the World Wide Web is that is allows space for collective fandom to breathe, and due to the expansive nature of the Star Wars universe, a seemingly innocuous title can provide the catalyst for thousands of interpretations.
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While it's too soon to say whether Luke himself is The Last Jedi, or the title references Rey or the Jedi slain by Kylo Ren, one thing is for sure — The Last Jedi will pay special attention to the relationship between old and new generations, and in particular, the close bond of Rey and Luke.
Let's hope Luke does his job properly, and last doesn't mean least.
Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi will be released on December 15, 2017.
Do you agree with Hamill? Is The Last Jedi great in its simplicity?
(Source: Associated Press)