Director Rian Johnson has been happy to tell the world that Star Wars Episode VIII has hit the editing room. That news had some speculating that the film would be moved back to a May, 2017 release. This would line up with the 40th anniversary of A New Hope. Despite that, the film looks set to land next December, two years after The Force Awakens.
Therefore, it makes sense then that a title reveal is a long way off. According to Daisy Ridley, it’s going to be a while before we hear the official title. Rey herself isn’t even sure if she knows the official title, so it might not have even been decided yet. Ridley told Podcast My Dad Wrote A Porno not to hold our breath waiting for Episode VIII’s official title:
“I heard a title, but I don’t know if it’s going to be that. I really don’t know much about anything. I heard the title a long time ago before we started filming, and so I feel some things have slightly tweaked during production. It’s going to be a while before it’s released I imagine.”
We don’t exactly need a title for the film right now, given that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is on the horizon. If Disney and Lucasfilm are releasing titles, hopefully it’ll be a new one for that awfully titled spin-off.
We got the title for Episode VII 13 months ahead of its release in November, 2014. However, don’t go expecting the same this year, as it would be odd for Lucasfilm to take focus away from Rogue One with that kind of reveal. We may get a trailer alongside Rogue One’s December release that reveals the title, but that’s being incredibly optimistic.
We’ve heard a few rumoured titles for a while now, but none have really stood out as potential candidates. Tale of the Jedi Empire and Fall of the Resistance have been mentioned as possibilities. Of course, there were many rumoured titles for Episode VII, and none of those reports were on the money.
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