The latest installment (Episode VIII) of the Star Wars series now has a name. The follow-up to 2016’s The Force Awakens will be titled The Last Jedi. Star Wars fans and even non-fans are quite familiar with the name Jedi: “a person who claims to live according to a philosophy based on that of the fictional Jedi, a caste of wizards in the Star Wars series of films by George Lucas, US film director.” Jedi is simply embedded in pop culture history.
The name Star Wars itself has other meanings, by the way. It can also refer to “a U.S. weapons research program begun in 1984 to explore technologies, including ground- and space-based lasers, for destroying attacking missiles and warheads.” Of course, Lucas had it first, so Uncle Sam had to have pinched it from him. And then there’s the religion of Jediism.
Mark Hamill, who had a brief cameo role in The Force Awakens, returns as intrepid Jedi Luke Skywalker. The character of General Leia Organa also returns, played by the late Carrie Fisher, who finished her scenes prior to her death in December. Rolling Stone reports the rest of the cast includes “Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), Daisy Ridley (Rey), John Boyega (Finn), Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron), Lupita Nyong’o (Maz Kanata), Domhnall Gleeson (General Hux) and Anthony Daniels (C-3PO). Both Benici Del Toro and Laura Dern will appear in the film in unspecified roles”.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be in theaters on December 15.