Star Wars: Episode VIII

finally has a title:

The Last Jedi

.

The Walt Disney Co announced the title for the next chapter in the Skywalker saga today, with Star Wars: The Last Jedi due for release on December 15.

Speculation over just who the last Jedi is immediately ran rampant on social media. The Force Awakens chronicled Daisy Ridley's Rey discovering her powers with the Force, but ended ominously with a withdrawn Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) on a remote island. If there's to be just one Jedi left, Luke's days could be numbered.

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In an interview at the Sundance Film Festival, Mark Hamill said he liked that the title was "straightforward" and "minimalist".

"They told us that when we were making the movie and I said don't tell me these things. I talk in my sleep," said Hamill. "They have us so jacked up with paranoia over leaks."

Writer-director Rian Johnson has previously said Episode VIII will start right where The Force Awakens left off.


The announcement has sent fans into a frenzy, with many speculating about what the title means, and some already looking towards future installments.





Several think pieces have already begun analysing what the title could mean for the future of the franchise.

Ben Child of The Guardian has suggested it would provide the series with the opportunity for fresh ideas, If the title is taken literally.

"That's an intriguing prospect indeed for those hoping to see this long-running, much-loved space opera finally take some risks and break new ground," he wrote.

Michael Cavna of the Washington Post wrote that the title suggests the series will focus on family ties.

Most people tend to agree that it brings Skywalker back to the series in the biggest way possible.