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'The Last Jedi' revealed as title for 'Star Wars' VIII

Associated Press logo Associated Press 1/23/2017
This image released by Lucasfilm shows a scene from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." On Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, the Walt Disney Co. announced the title for the next chapter in the Skywalker saga, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” The film is to be released on December 15. (Lucasfilm via AP) © The Associated Press This image released by Lucasfilm shows a scene from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." On Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, the Walt Disney Co. announced the title for the next chapter in the Skywalker saga, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” The film is to be released on December 15. (Lucasfilm via AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — "Star Wars: Episode VIII" finally has a title: "The Last Jedi."

The Walt Disney Co. announced the title for the next chapter in the Skywalker saga on Monday. "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" will be released Dec. 15.

Speculation over just who the last Jedi is immediately ran rampant on social media. "The Force Awakens" chronicled Daisy Ridley's Rey discovering her powers with the Force, but ended ominously with a withdrawn Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) on a remote island. If there's to be just one Jedi left, Luke's days could be numbered.

In an interview Monday at the Sundance Film Festival, Mark Hamill said he liked that the title was "straightforward" and "minimalist."

"They told us that when we were making the movie and I said don't tell me these things. I talk in my sleep," said Hamill. "They have us so jacked up with paranoia over leaks."

Writer-director Rian Johnson has previously said "Episode VIII" will start right where "The Force Awakens" left off.

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