On Monday, we learned that Episode VIII‘s title is Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Who better to ask about the upcoming sci-fi blockbuster than none other than Luke Skywalker himself. Mark Hamill sat down with the Associated Press and gave his thoughts on the intriguing title.
“It’s got a real samurai [vibe],” Hamill said of the upcoming Star Wars flick. “It’s straightforward and minimalist, and I like that.”
Star Wars creator George Lucas has frequently noted that the samurai culture was an inspiration for Jedis.
Hamill revealed that he learned of the title a long. long time ago, but was pretty nervous about being trusted with such high-level intel.
“They have us so jacked up with paranoia over leaks, but that’s the way of the world,” the actor told the AP. “It’s funny, ’cause back when we were making the original, nobody cared.”
But the real question is: Who is the last Jedi in Episode VIII? Here are some theories.
1. Luke Skywalker
This is the most obvious answer. It is the most literal interpretation since Luke Skywalker could very well be the last Jedi in the Star Wars universe. In The Force Awakens, Luke Skywalker is referred to as “the last Jedi” in the opening title crawl.
In The Force Awakens, Rey showed that she has some powers from the Force. And maybe Luke will train Rey in the ways of the Force and she will be the last Jedi.
Another possibility is that Rey is like the protagonists from the previous two trilogies. Rey, like Anakin, and Luke, grew up on a desolate sand planet. And like Luke, Rey wants to find out more about her long-lost parents. Could her dad be Luke? Making her the last Jedi in the family line?
In The Return of the Jedi, Yoda tells Luke, “Luke, when gone am I, the last of the Jedi will you be. Luke, the Force runs strong in your family. Pass on what you have learned, Luke.”
Then later in the film, Luke tell Leia, “You have that power, too. In time you’ll learn to use it as I have. The Force is strong in my family. My father has it, I have it, and my sister has it.”
This definitely faces some issues since the death of Carrie Fisher, especially since Disney has said, “We want to assure our fans that Lucasfilm has no plans to digitally recreate Carrie Fisher’s performance as Princess or General Leia Organa.”
4. Kylo Ren
In The Force Awakens, it was noted that Luke had been training a new generation of Jedi including Ben Solo, the son of Leia and Han. Solo was training as a Jedi before he did a heel turn and joined the Dark Side after being tempted by supreme leader Snoke.
“[Luke] was training a new generation of Jedi. One boy, an apprentice turned against him, destroyed it all. Luke felt responsible. He walked away from everything.”
Ben Solo became Kylo Ren. Luke went into self-imposed exile. Ben Solo could have been the last Jedi from the group that Luke was training.
5. The Order of the Jedi
The plural version of “Jedi” is also “Jedi.” So this may not mean just one Jedi, but the entire order of the Jedi.
The Force Awakens had a title reveal two weeks before the first teaser trailer. The Super Bowl is two weeks away. So we might very well have a The Last Jedi teaser trailer on Super Bowl Sunday.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi launches into theaters on December 15.