At long last, the upcoming “Star Wars” installment has a title.
“Star Wars: Episode VIII” has officially been christened “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”. Director Rian Johnson posted on Twitter that he was “excited” and “relieved” to finally reveal the official title and logo to fans.
While in production on the film last year, Johnson used the hilarious working title “Space Bear” for the film. Fans have been speculating on the film’s title since “Episode VIII” was announced.
Daisy Ridley’s “Murder On The Orient Express” co-star Josh Gad, meanwhile, tried once more to get some spoilers out of Ridley in a second sneaky interrogation posted to Facebook. “Had a follow-up conversation with Daisy Ridley on set today. Tried to apologize for #StarWars #TheLastJedi sneak attack last week. Suffice it to say, it didn’t go well,” he captioned the clip.
The video sees Gad apologize for his initial trap while asking Ridley to review some edits from their “Orient Express” director Ken Branagh. “Who are Rey’s parents? Am I a Jedi? Is Finn paralyzed from the waist down?” the “Star Wars” related lines included.
Ridley, however, remained as tight-lipped as usual and brushed off Gad’s prying gracefully by simply walking away.
Watch Gad’s initial run-in with Ridley below.
Online speculation has already begun as to whom exactly the new title is referring to.
Could it be Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) who Rey (Daisy Ridley) seeks out at the end of “The Force Awakens”? Or is Rey herself the last Jedi after displaying some very skillful Jedi moves with the lightsaber against Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and the First Order? And since the plural of Jedi is Jedi, the latest chapter in the “Star Wars” saga could be setting up for a whole wave of Jedi-trained resistance fighters.
“The Last Jedi” will pick up where “The Force Awakens” left off with the entire cast including Ridley, Hamill, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, Lupita Nyong’o, Oscar Isaac, Gwendoline Christie and Anthony Daniels set to return. They’ll be joined by “Star Wars” newcomers Benicio del Toro and Laura Dern.
Fans rejoiced over the new title on Twitter.