Disney reveals next Star Wars film title: The Last Jedi

A Star Wars logo sign decorates Rancho Obi-Wan, the world's largest private collection of Star Wars memorabilia, in Petaluma, California.
A Star Wars logo sign decorates Rancho Obi-Wan, the world's largest private collection of Star Wars memorabilia, in Petaluma, California.PHOTO: AFP

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - The next chapter in the beloved blockbuster Star Wars saga has a title: Episode VIII will tell the tale of The Last Jedi.

Lucasfilm on Monday (Jan 23, 2017) released the title without additional explanation. The film, directed by Rian Johnson, is due in theatres on Dec 15, 2017.

"We have the greatest fans in this or any other galaxy. In appreciation of the fans, we wanted them to be the first to know the title of the next chapter in the Skywalker saga: Star Wars - The Last Jedi," the studio said in a statement.

Episode VIII is due to pick up the action where 2015's The Force Awakens left off - with Rey (Daisy Ridley) handing Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) his light saber on a remote mountaintop.

That begs the question: who will the Last Jedi be?

The unveiling of the title immediately prompted speculation among fans: would it be Skywalker, Rey or both (as Jedi can be singular AND plural).

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, released in late 2015, earned more than US$2 billion ($2.84 billion) worldwide, according to boxofficemojo.com.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, a standalone movie in the saga released late last year, has so far raked in more than US$1 billion at theatres around the world.