Last month we learned that ‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ would carry the title ‘The Last Jedi’. This effectively confirmed what fans have expected since the credits rolled on ‘The Force Awakens’ back in 2015, namely that Luke Skywalker will play a much larger role in the film (though it would be harder for his role to get any smaller). Based on what we’ve already seen, it’s likely that Luke’s role will deal in large part with fleshing out his new post-‘Return of the Jedi’ backstory and Rey’s Jedi training.
Of course, for original trilogy fans still shell shocked after the finale of ‘The Force Awakens’, the newly announced title couldn’t help but take on a notably ominous tone. It’s understandable, to say the least, but as some on the internet were quick to point out, the word “Jedi” can be both singular and plural. Like “sheep”.
So which one is it? Well, it seems we may have gotten an answer to that question earlier today, as the Star Wars France Twitter account posted the movie’s French language logo, including the title:
— Star Wars France (@StarWarsFR) February 17, 2017
For those who don’t speak French, the fact that the title is given as ‘Les Derniers Jedi’ indicates that the title is in fact plural, referring to multiple Jedi. With that in mind, it begins to feel more optimistic, presumably referring to Luke and Rey at a minimum, and perhaps even to an impending rebirth of the Jedi Order.
Written and directed by Rian Johnson, ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ will arrive in theaters on December 15, 2017. The film will continue the story that began in ‘The Force Awakens’ and features returning stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, and John Boyega alongside newcomers Laura Dern and Benicio del Toro.
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