The Last Jedi
Yesterday LucasFilm announced the official title for the Star Wars sequel. It is officially called – Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The movie, which is being written and directed by director Rian Johnson received its title with only meager clarification offered. As is custom for Star Wars movies. Fans have immediately started speculating whether or not the subtitle – The Last Jedi – refers specifically to Luke Skywalker (played by Mark Hamill). Others have speculated, or hope, that the title should be interpreted in the plural – as in – many Jedi. Along with the title an official logo was also released, the dark red font appears deliberately ominous. It reminds me a lot of the Dark Forces games form the 90s. So readers, what do you think of the title and how do you interpreted it?
In my opinion the title is just perfect. It raises the hopes for a movie which – ultimately – has to measure up to the Empire Strikes Back. The ominous title can be interpreted many ways, but Star Wars has proven in the past that character development often coincides with the death of another character. The original trilogy focused mostly on Luke’s journey of discovering the force, confronting his father and defeating the emperor. The new sequel trilogy has so far focused on Rey and Finn. For them to grow it stands to reason others have to make sacrifices. My only concern is that any kind of confrontation between Luke Skywalker on one side and Kylo Ren with Snoke on the other side is that the consequences are meaningful. The prequel trilogy were a hit and miss affair in that regards.
Star Wars The Last Jedi is set for release on December 15th. The movie will mean the return of Daisy Ridley and John Boyega as Rey and Finn. Besides them the movie will also feature Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels and Carrie Fisher as their original trilogy characters. The latter of course sadly died recently. So far LucasFilm has announced Carrie won’t be recast. For Episode 8 the cast will be further expanded to include Jurassic Park alumni Laura Dern as well Benicio Del Toro.