"Star Wars: Episode VIII" at last has an official title: "Star Wars: The Last Jedi." The announcement was made this morning by Lucasfilm, which didn't reveal any other details about the eagerly anticipated film.
As with virtually any revelation about the franchise, this won undoubtedly will fuel heated speculation about the plot, and which character is the "Last Jedi" of the title.
Is it Mark Hamill's Luke Skywalker, who's been living in self-imposed exile and wasn't seen until the final moments of 2015's "The Force Awakens"? Or it is Daisy Ridley's Rey, who has a connection to the Force and delivered to Luke his lightsaber? Then again, maybe it's a character who has yet to be introduced.
The second film in the new "Star Wars" trilogy, and the third in the revived franchise, "The Last Jedi" is written and directed by Rian Johnson ("Brick," "Looper"). Opening Dec. 15, the film stars returning actors Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie and Andy Serkis.
"Star Wars: The Force Awakens," which premiered in December 2015, grossed $2.068 billion worldwide. "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," the franchise's first stand-alone film, just surpassed $1 billion at the global box office.