Disney reveals next Star Wars film title: The Last Jedi

LOS ANGELES - The next chapter in the beloved blockbuster Star Wars saga has a title: Episode VIII will tell the tale of The Last Jedi.

Lucasfilm on Monday (Jan 23, 2017) released the title without additional explanation. The film, directed by Rian Johnson, is due in theatres on Dec 15, 2017.

"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," the studio said in a statement.

Episode VIII is due to pick up the action where 2015's The Force Awakens left off - with Rey (Daisy Ridley) handing Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) his light saber on a remote mountaintop.

That begs the question: who will the Last Jedi be?

The unveiling of the title immediately prompted speculation among fans: would it be Skywalker, Rey or both (as Jedi can be singular AND plural).

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, released in late 2015, earned more than US$2 billion ($2.84 billion) worldwide, according to boxofficemojo.com.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, a standalone movie in the saga released late last year, has so far raked in more than US$1 billion at theatres around the world.

Star Wars Rogue One premiere

  • The "Storm Troopers" arrive at the world premiere of the film "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" in Hollywood, California, U.S., December 10, 2016.
  • General view of members of the crowd, some wearing costumes, as they await arrivals on the red carpet at the world premiere of the film "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" in Hollywood, California, U.S., December 10, 2016.
  • The "Storm Troopers" arrive at the world premiere of the film "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" in Hollywood, California, U.S., December 10, 2016.
  • General view of fans, some wearing costumes, as they await arrivals on the red carpet at the world premiere of the film "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" in Hollywood, California, U.S., December 10, 2016.
  • General view of an "X-wing fighter" on the red carpet during arrivals at the world premiere of the film "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" in Hollywood, California, U.S., December 10, 2016.
  • Actor Peter Mayhew, who has played the role of "Chewbacca" in previous "Star Wars" movies, arrives at the world premiere of the film "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" in Hollywood, California, U.S., December 10, 2016.
  • Director Gareth Edwards arrives at the world premiere of the film "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" in Hollywood, California, U.S., December 10, 2016.
  • Director Gareth Edwards dons a "Storm Trooper" helmet as he arrives at the world premiere of the film "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" in Hollywood, California, U.S., December 10, 2016.
  • Director Gareth Edwards arrives at the world premiere of the film "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" in Hollywood, California, U.S., December 10, 2016.
  • Fans wearing costumes await arrivals on the red carpet at the world premiere of the film "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" in Hollywood, California, U.S., December 10, 2016.
  • General view of the red carpet arrivals area, with an "X-wing fighter" in the background, at the world premiere of the film "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" in Hollywood, California, U.S., December 10, 2016.
  • Actress Felicity Jones signs autographs as she arrives at the world premiere of the film "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" in Hollywood, California, U.S., December 10, 2016.
  • Actor Diego Luna arrives at the world premiere of the film "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" in Hollywood, California, U.S., December 10, 2016.
  • Actress Felicity Jones signs an autograph as she arrives at the world premiere of the film "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" in Hollywood, California, U.S., December 10, 2016.
  • Actress Felicity Jones poses with fans as she arrives at the world premiere of the film "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" in Hollywood, California, U.S., December 10, 2016.
  • Actress Felicity Jones chats with fans as she arrives at the world premiere of the film "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" in Hollywood, California, U.S., December 10, 2016.
  • Actors Felecity Jones and Diego Luna pose as they arrive at the world premiere of the film "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" in Hollywood, California, U.S., December 10, 2016.
  • Actor Terry Crews poses next to an "X-wing fighter" on the red carpet as he arrives at the world premiere of the film "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" in Hollywood, California, U.S., December 10, 2016.
  • Actor Donnie Yen poses next to an "X-wing fighter" on the red carpet as he arrives at the world premiere of the film "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" in Hollywood, California, U.S., December 10, 2016.
  • Actor Diego Luna arrives at the world premiere of the film "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" in Hollywood, California, U.S., December 10, 2016.
  • Actor Donnie Yen signs an autograph as he arrives at the world premiere of the film "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" in Hollywood, California, U.S., December 10, 2016.
  • Actor Donnie Yen poses with a fan as he arrives at the world premiere of the film "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" in Hollywood, California, U.S., December 10, 2016.
  • Actor Diego Luna poses next to an "X-wing fighter" on the red carpet as he arrives at the world premiere of the film "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" in Hollywood, California, U.S., December 10, 2016.
  • Musician Moby arrives at the world premiere of the film "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" in Hollywood, California, U.S., December 10, 2016.
  • Actor Donnie Yen poses next to an "X-wing fighter" on the red carpet as he arrives at the world premiere of the film "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" in Hollywood, California, U.S., December 10, 2016.
  • Actors Alan Tudyk (L), Diego Luna and Donnie Yen (R) arrive at the world premiere of the film "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" in Hollywood, California, U.S., December 10, 2016
  • Actor Donnie Yen arrives at the world premiere of the film "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" in Hollywood, California, U.S., December 10, 2016.
  • Actors Diego Luna and Felicity Jones pose as they arrive at the world premiere of the film "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" in Hollywood, California, U.S., December 10, 2016.
  • Actor Alan Tudyk poses for a photo as he arrives at the world premiere of the film "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" in Hollywood, California, U.S., December 10, 2016.
  • Actors Mads Mikkelsen and Felicity Jones arrive at the world premiere of the film "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" in Hollywood, California, U.S., December 10, 2016.
  • Musician Ricky Martin (L) and guests arrive at the world premiere of the film "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" in Hollywood, California, U.S., December 10, 2016.
  • Chairman of Walt Disney Studios Alan Horn and actress Felicity Jones arrive at the world premiere of the film "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" in Hollywood, California, U.S., December 10, 2016.
  • Chief Executive Officer of Disney Bob Iger, producer Kathleen Kennedy, Chairman of Walt Disney Studios Alan Horn and President The Walt Disney Studios Alan Bergman (L to R) arrive at the world premiere of the film "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" in Hollywood, California, U.S., December 10, 2016.
  • Actress Felicity Jones and Chief Executive Officer of Disney Bob Iger arrive at the world premiere of the film "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" in Hollywood, California, U.S., December 10, 2016.
  • Actress Felicity Jones arrives at the world premiere of the film "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" in Hollywood, California, U.S., December 10, 2016.
  • Actors Mads Mikkelsen, Riz Ahmed, Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Alan Tudyk and Donnie Yen (L to R) arrive at the world premiere of the film "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" in Hollywood, California, U.S., December 10, 2016.
  • The cast and crew pose on the red carpet as they arrive at the world premiere of the film "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" in Hollywood, California, U.S., December 10, 2016.
  • The cast poses on the red carpet as they arrive at the world premiere of the film "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" in Hollywood, California, U.S., December 10, 2016.