Just announced this morning on the Star Wars site, the next chapter in the Skywalker saga will be called Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Today’s announcement also included information on who will be behind the camera for the film, including Rian Johnson, who will write and direct. Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman and executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Jason McGatlin, and Tom Karnowski.
Filming on the upcoming Star Wars movie was completed in 2016, prior to actor Carrie Fisher‘s untimely passing on December 27. Fisher had reportedly completed her scenes, with Disney and Lucasfilms recently confirming that Princess Leia would not be digitally recreated for Star Wars: Episode IX.
With today’s title release and last week’s confirmation that Leia would not be digitally recreated, speculation about Fisher’s role in the upcoming Star Wars franchise has intensified. Fisher’s role in Star Wars: Episode IX was rumoured to be substantial prior to her passing. We know that Star Wars film titles have always been indicative of the major theme in the film. With that in mind, it would reasonable to assume today’s film title reveal could indicate that Leia’s death will be addressed in The Last Jedi. But, we all know, there’s only one remaining Jedi in the family.
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The upcoming film stars Fisher alongside Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley and John Boyega, who all appeared in 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is scheduled to be released on December 15, 2017.