The official title of Star Wars: Episode VIII has been announced: The Last Jedi.
The news was announced in a tweet from the official Star Wars account, which read: “It’s official. THE LAST JEDI is the next chapter of the Skywalker saga. This December. #TheLastJedi”
— Star Wars UK (@StarWarsUK) January 23, 2017
It also contained a link to a statement on starwars.com which said: “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.”
The Last Jedi will follow The Force Awakens in the main narrative; Rogue One and the forthcoming Han Solo film are standalone films in what is termed the SW Anthology series.
The Last Jedi is written and directed by Rian Johnson, and stars Mark Hamill and the late Carrie Fisher alongside series newcomers Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley and John Boyega. It was revealed that Fisher had finished shooting her scenes on the film before her death in 2016.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be released on 15 December.