This week, it was revealed that Star Wars: Episode 8 (opens in new tab) would be titled "The Last Jedi." (opens in new tab) It's a provocative name for sure, making many of us clutch our pearls in fear for the fate of Luke Skywalker. But what does Star Wars' biggest hero have to say about it? In a recent interview with the Associated Press, star Mark Hamill said he likes its "straightforward and minimalist" nature, and that it calls to mind the idea of a samurai warrior.
There are two types of stories that come to mind when I hear something has a "samurai" flavor - Akira Kurosawa's films depicting a lone stranger or group of ronin who appear just in time to save a hapless village from oppressors, or romanticism of feudal Japan and the samurai way of life, usually ending with the samurai's death. Considering the word "last" in Episode 8's title, I get the feeling we'll be seeing the latter. Something like this, maybe:
Directed by Rian Johnson and starring Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Laura Dern, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Gwendoline Christie, and Benicio del Toro, Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens in cinemas on December 15, 2017.
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