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Next ‘Star Wars’ film has a title: ‘The Last Jedi’

(FILES) This file photo taken on November 24, 2015 shows aStar Wars logo sign inside Rancho Obi-Wan, the world's largest private collection of Star Wars memorabilia, in Petaluma, California. 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 January 23, 2017 released the title without additional explanation. The film, directed by Rian Johnson, is due in theaters on December 15, 2017. Josh Edelson / AFP

(FILES) This file photo taken on November 24, 2015 shows aStar Wars logo sign inside Rancho Obi-Wan, the world’s largest private collection of Star Wars memorabilia, in Petaluma, California. 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 January 23, 2017 released the title without additional explanation. The film, directed by Rian Johnson, is due in theaters on December 15, 2017.<br />Josh Edelson / 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 released the title without additional explanation. The film, directed by Rian Johnson, is due in theaters on December 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 $2 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 $1 billion at theaters around the world.



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