Gone are the days when we were forced to call The Force Awakens' impending follow-upStar Wars: Episode VIII, as earlier this week it was announced that the film will actually be called Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Obviously Star Wars fans immediately became rather excited by this unveiling, while Mark Hamill soon revealed his relief at no longer having to keep it a secret. However there is one element of the title that has left Mark Hamill a little puzzled, as he's now admitted that he can't quite figure out who it is referring to.
Mark Hamill made this candid admission to Uproxx while out at the Sundance Film Festival, where he sat down to talk about his turn in Brigsby Bear, which premiered at the event. Of course, the conversation soon turned to Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which was always going to be the case, especially since its title had just been announced. It was at this point that Mark Hamill opened up about the title, how it links back to The Force Awakens' opening crawl, before then speculating over who it actually refers to. Hamill remarked:
By the way, when you read The Force Awakens script, the very first two words are, 'Luke Skywalker has vanished.' Ooh, baby, this is going to be good! I'm going to have a great part! But down later in the crawl, and I can't quote it exactly, I saw on Twitter this morning, 'until Skywalker, the last Jedi, is destroyed.' I thought, well, I didn't know that! I've only seen it twice -- VII, I mean. And I was wondering why they would use that phrase if it was used that way, because it specifies me. And I think it's very ambiguous. Is the last Jedi Leia? Is it me? ... Is it someone we've never met before? Or is it Rey? Because she seems to have the force as well. So we'll all wait and see.
Mark Hamill is completely right. The opening paragraph of The Force Awakens' crawl reveals that Luke Skywalker is indeed the final Jedi as it reads, "Luke Skywalker has vanished. In his absence, the sinister FIRST ORDER has risen from the ashes of the Empire and will not rest until Skywalker, the last Jedi, has been destroyed."
But that might just be a little too easy for Star Wars standards, and there's every chance that they might pull the rug out from us by revealing that the last Jedi is someone like Obi-Wan Kenobi's third-cousin, Geoff Kenobi. That seems unlikely, though. We'll find out, of course, when Star Wars: The Last Jedi is finally released at the end of the year. Those of you looking to get a little bit more jacked up for the film can do so by taking a look at its shiny new poster below.
Utterly scrumptious. Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be with us on December 15.