‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ Named ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’; Title Sparks Speculation

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The much-anticipated title of the Star Wars movie Episode VIII has been finally revealed. It will be called "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" and ever since the name came to the fore, fans have gone into the debate mode, speculating about the meaning of the title while character-related theories keep floating around.

Lucasfilm has announced that Star Wars Episode VIII will be named "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," reports Comicbook. According to the site, the name has aroused the curiosity of the Star Wars fans and they are speculating if it is singular or plural or referring to two singular characters at different points in the movie. They are also guessing if the dialogue and crawl of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is a clue or a red herring.

Fans are asking all sorts of questions about the title and it is no surprise either, as Star Wars Story Group's Pablo Hidalgo has an active Twitter account and he fields questions from fans on a regular basis. On some occasions, they are treated to behind-the-scenes glimpses as well. One such fan asked him if there were any alternate titles to the first sequel and he replied that a very early version went by the name "Shadow of the Empire."

Speaking of fans, they have also come up with many convincing theories about the leader of the First Order and the newest one brings to attention a major character, claims Digital Spy. He has been referred to in the novels many times and is called Gallius Rax. A Machiavellian imperial admiral, he features in the books written by Chuck Wendig that revolve around events that took place after the ones featured in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.

In the first two books, he operates under the codename Operator with the mission to take control of the imperial forces. He was born on Jakku and is the protégé of the future Emperor Sheev Palpatine. Last seen, he was putting finishing touches to his coup and it is speculated that Snoke's First Order will rise from the ashes of the Empire.

"Star Wars: The Last Jedi" is scheduled to be released on Dec. 15, 2017.

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