Star Wars fans have been coming up with all kinds of theories as to what exactly the title for The Last Jedi means. However, many might be disappointed by director Rian Johnson’s answer. In an interview with The New York Times Rian explained, “It’s in the opening crawl of The Force Awakens. Luke Skywalker, right now, is the last Jedi.” So that’s it Luke is the last Jedi. Or is he?
Later on in the interview Rian adds, “There’s always wiggle room in these movies — everything is from a certain point of view — but coming into our story, he is the actual last of the Jedi. And he’s removed himself and is alone on this island, for reasons unknown.” Many Star Wars fans might immediately notice the line, “from a certain point of view” as being what Obi Wan told Luke when confronted about hiding Vader’s identity. Very clever Rian, we see what you did there. But the back half of this quote only confirms that we still may not know the whole story.
This interview came out just before it was announced that Collin Trevorrow will no longer be the director for Episode IX. This was a shock as it now marks the fourth director to be swapped out on a Star Wars film. No details were given as to exactly why Trevorrow will be departing, but many sources are claiming that it might have been script issues. Some are asking if Rian Johnson might take the mantle for Episode IX, but as of right now Disney has been keeping the situation tight lipped. Regardless the situation with Episode IX, we still have The Last Jedi to look forward to and maybe we will finally get an answer to what exactly that title means. The Last Jedi will release in the US Friday, December 15th.