Despite the firestorm of theories sparked in February by the revelation that localized titles for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” translate “Jedi” as plural, writer/director Rian Johnson contends in his mind it was always singular. However, who that “last Jedi” may be is still open to interpretation.
“It’s so funny when people started asking that when the title was announced,” the filmmaker told ABC News, “because I never even pondered that question. That seems like, to me, the most like … uninteresting, I guess, [question]? Look, in my mind, it’s singular. In my mind it is, absolutely.”
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Pressed for confirmation that the last Jedi is Luke Skywalker, however, Johnson wasn’t so definite. “Well, if you say so,” he replied with a smile. “I’m going to take your word for it. They say in ‘The Force Awakens’ that he’s going to find the last Jedi temple, and Luke’s the last … Luke is the last Jedi …”
You’ll notice that the filmmaker trailed off significantly at the end, so make of that what you will, particularly in light of Luke’s declaration in the trailer that, “It’s time for the Jedi to end.”
Arriving in theaters Dec. 15, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” features returning cast members Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata, Domhnall Gleeson as General Hux, Anthony Daniels as C-3P), Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma and Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke, joined by franchise newcomers Kelly Marie Tran as Rose, and Benicio del Toro and Laura Dern in undisclosed roles.