It’s official, Disney has announced the title for ‘Star Wars: Episode VII” and it’s as ominous as ever.
Walt Disney Studios confirmed the new title on social-media today, as well as the official Star Wars website. Disney shared a note on the official site saying, “We have the greatest fans in this or any other galaxy. In appreciation of the fans, we wanted them to be the first to know the title of the next chapter in the Skywalker saga: STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI.”
Star Wars Episode VIII The Last Jedi is written and directed by Rian Johnson and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman and executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Jason McGatlin, and Tom Karnowski.
The announcement comes just a few days after Disney’s latest Star Wars installment, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” reached $1B at the global box-office. As of this weekend, “Rogue One” has grossed $512.20M domestically, and $1.01B worldwide. “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” was directed by Gareth Edwards, the screenplay was written by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy. That film starred Felicity Jones, Diego Luna and Alan Tudyk. The previous hit, “Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens,” hit $936.66M at the domestic box-office alone, and went on to make over $2.06B at the global box-office.
As for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” that installment will star Carrie Fisher, shot before passing, as well as Daisy Ridley, Tom Hardy, Adam Driver, Billie Lourd, Mark Hamill, Gwendoline Christie, Benicio Del Toro, Laura Dern, Woody Harrelson and John Boyega. The film will be the second installment to the new trilogy that started with “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which was directed by J.J. Abrams.
Fans won’t even have to wait that long to see the new installment, Star Wars The Last Jedi is scheduled for release December 15, 2017.