Written by Harry Walters
Edited by Charlotte Crouch
23rd January 2017 was a very special day- the title for Star Wars episode 8 was announced. “The Last Jedi” will be the next film in the series. Nothing else has been revealed, so this entire article is pure speculation. But the rest of the internet is doing pretty much the same so what’s the harm in having one more person throwing in their opinion? So here we go!
Firstly, let’s look at the logo for the film. “Star Wars” is written is RED. Experienced Star Wars fans will know that this is a bad colour. It’s the colour of Sith lightsabers, and the blaster bolts of the “bad guys” in the films. This tells me that this next film is going to be dark.
Looking back at the two latest entries in the Star Wars saga, they’ve all heavily referenced the older films. I don’t think this new endeavour is going to be any different. My money is on it copying the formula of The Empire Strikes Back. The struggle of the resistance, the First Order closing in and claiming a victory by the end of the film.
I mean why not? The Empire Strikes Back is a brilliant film, and arguably the perfect sequel. Many other movie franchises have copied the formula so why don’t Star Wars do it again?
It is worth mentioning that the plural of “Jedi” is “Jedi” so it could mean more than one. That one being Luke Skywalker. We all know that Rey is force sensitive and can become a fully-fledged Jedi. Fan theories claim that Finn is force sensitive. I wouldn’t count him as one since there hasn’t been any concrete evidence of this. So that’s two Jedi that we can account for. For now, at least!
What if it is in some reference to Kylo Ren? Many have said that Ren is on the First Order’s/ Dark Side to bring it down from the inside. Therefore, he could be a Jedi. It’s a bit of a stretch but maybe it could work.
One other thing that is worth mentioning at this point is Carrie Fisher. We were all deeply saddened by the news of her passing, but also happy to know that she had completed all of her filming for episode 8. We won’t (shouldn’t) be subjected to, a poorly rendered, CGI Leia again. Of course as long as there won’t be any last minute re-shoots, to perhaps write out her character.
However, the studio originally wanted to have Leia as a more central character in the next two films. What will they do now that Fisher is no longer with us?
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is due to hit theatres on 15th December. I hope you’ll all be there for the midnight viewing, I know I will.
May the force be with you!
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