The eighth film in the Star Wars franchise will be called The Last Jedi, as announced by Lucasfilm.

The film is set to take place right where we left off from The Force Awakens, where Rey was seen handing Luke Skywalker his lightsaber.

The Last Jedi is expected to largely centre around Skywalker and the announcement of the name furthers this.

Rian Johnson of Looper fame will be directing the film, taking the reins from J.J. Abrams following the success of The Force Awakens.

Along with the announcement is the first poster for the film, as seen below. Unlike the previous film, this one sees the famous logo take on a red treatment, not seen since The Revenge of the Sith. 

While it’s seemingly odd that a middle chapter in the new trilogy takes on a dark title, we think it sounds pretty cool. It’s also important to note that ‘Jedi’ is both singular and plural, and could easily refer to the last remaining group of Jedi.

Interestingly, the title also shares the same name of a 2013 novel, set after the events of The Revenge of the Sith.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theatres this year on December 15, 2017.

For a glance at how the name ‘The Last Jedi’ compares to its predecessors, here’s a list of all the “Episodes” in order.

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