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'Star Wars: Episode VIII' Title Revealed

Star Wars: The Last Jedi
(Image credit: Lucasfilm)

The title for December's eighth installment of the "Star Wars" episodic series has been announced as "The Last Jedi."

It's the second time the Jedi have been named in a "Star Wars" film title, but also the third time the title "The Last Jedi" has been used for a story.

In 1981, Mike W. Barr and Walt Simonson created a standalone story titled "The Last Jedi" for Marvel's "Star Wars"ongoing comic book title. During this issue, Luke Skywalker found a Force-sensitive male Velmoc named Jedidiah that rebuffed an offer during the Old Republic to be trained as a Jedi Knight. To find out more about what we know about the next "Star Wars" installment check out our sister site Newsarama's full coverage here.

In 2013, Del Ray published a novel by Michael Reaves and Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff titled "The Last Jedi." The Last Jedi novel was set between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, following Jedi Jax Pavan and a droid, I-5, being chased by Darth Vader as part of Emperor Palpatine's Order 66.

As for the red coloring to the "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" movie title, it is striking compared to the usual yellow coloration, but not the first; both "Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith" and "Star Wars: Return of the Jedi" used red text, as did several other projects over the years.

"Star Wars: The Last Jedi" is scheduled to be released December 15.

Originally published on Newsarama, a sister site to Space.com.

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