This week, “Star Wars: VIII The Last Jedi” was declared to be the official title of Lucasfilm’s eighth instalment of the Skywalker Saga. In light of this, and my subsequent excitement, I’ve decided to share with you three reasons you too should be counting down the days until December 15th.
IV: A New Score
Arguably one of the most iconic aspects of Star Wars is its beautifully crafted musical score; John Williams has composed for all seven saga films and, thankfully, episode eight is going to be no exception. With another film in the works, we’re guaranteed a few more instant classics ready to join the ranks of Imperial March, Duel of Fates, and, of course, Cantina Band.
V: Lucasfilm Strikes Back…with a Really Ominous Title which is Also Red for Some Reason
The title is red! The titles of these films have never been anything but space-exposition-yellow. Why is it red? We have no idea, but, by gosh, we can speculate. The obvious answer: Red is synonymous with evil in the Star Wars franchise (sith lightsabers and what not), perhaps the new film is going to take a turn dark enough to warrant such ominous typography. Then there’s the title itself: “The Last Jedi”. There are so many possible implications of this title; it’s almost as though Lucasfilm actually want people to speculate its meaning until the trailer’s released! Is Luke the last Jedi? Is Rey? Is it both of them? “Jedi” is the plural of “Jedi”, after all. The possibilities are near-infinite. Perhaps Jar-Jar will return and declare himself the sovereign heir to the force? Only time, and probably the trailer, will tell.
VI: Return of the Talent
Fantastic performances were given by all in The Force Awakens. The mix of fresh-faced actors and Star Wars veterans gave the film the perfect balance of originality and familiarity which we can look forward to seeing in The Last Jedi. Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and Adam Driver are all reprising their respective roles of Rey, Finn, and Kylo Renn; they will, of course, be joined by the familiar faces of Anthony Daniels, Mark Hamill, and the late Carrie Fisher.
With the continuation of the new trilogy and anthology series, the next four years are set to be filled with blasters, lightsabers, and Skywalker family drama. What a time to be alive.