What We Know About ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’

There’s been a disturbance in the Force, and we’re not talking about Jar Jar. The title of the next installment in the “Star Wars” franchise was revealed on Monday: Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” The release date for the movie, written and directed by Rian Johnson, is Dec. 15.
Here’s what we know and don’t know, as well as some things we can safely assume, about Episode VIII. Or, as we imagine Yoda might say, “We know and know not, there is much.”
“Luke, I am your … daughter,” maybe? We hope we’re going to find out.

We know that Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker in the original trilogy, is in the next film. He briefly appeared at the end of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” in 2015, and will play a larger role here. In “The Force Awakens,” one of the main plot points centers on Rey, played by Daisy Ridley, and her journey to discover where Luke is hiding. There are also hints that Luke and Rey are related — but this is not confirmed. In an interview with USA Today, Mr. Johnson said the new movie would certainly explore the relationship.
Mr. Hamill caused a small kerfuffle at a charity event last summer, when he said he would be “out of work” after the next movie, which some fans interpreted to mean that he would no longer appear in “Star Wars” films.
He followed up with a tweet that said that he was only referring to the fact that Episode VIII was wrapping production soon.


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