STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI Director Explains Title
Disney and Lucasfilm debuted the Star Wars: The Last Jedi teaser trailer at Star Wars Celebration Orlando over the weekend, with the ominous title finally being lent more context by an even more ominous, trailer-ending comment from exiled Jedi Luke Skywalker: “It’s time for the Jedi to end.”
Who is the last Jedi? Is it Luke (Mark Hamill), once the “new hope” in the galaxy? Is it newcomer Rey (Daisy Ridley), a scavenger turned potential Jedi trainee? Maybe it referred to Luke’s nephew, Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), son of Leia Organa (and grandson of Darth Vader), who betrayed Luke’s Jedi teachings and flopped to the Dark Side of the Force? “Jedi” can be singular and plural — so when it comes to the title, which one is it?
Speaking with Good Morning America, director Rian Johnson finally added some perspective: “It’s so funny, when people started asking that, when the title was announced because I had never even pondered that question. That seems like, to me, the most, the most uninteresting [question]. … In my mind, it’s singular. In my mind it is [singular], absolutely.”
The opening crawl for Star Wars: The Force Awakens directly referenced Luke as “the last Jedi,” but now all the online analysts have a definitive answer. How Luke’s status as (apparently) the last of the Jedi affects the galaxy and the saga moving forward will be answered when the film opens December 15th.