12:19pm PT by Graeme McMillan
'Star Wars': Do International Titles for 'The Last Jedi' Answer Fan Questions About the Movie?
Well, that answers that question. Maybe.
The international titles for the next Star Wars movie have been revealed, and thanks to the precision of language, it certainly looks like The Last Jedi refers to a plurality of Jedi, not just one single knight.
This news was immediately welcomed by fans, who took it as a sign that Luke Skywalker is likely to survive Rian Johnson's follow-up to 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens after all (Previously, speculation had been that his death would leave Daisy Ridley's Rey as the eponymous final member of the Jedi Order). However, such celebrations might be a little bit premature:
My super secret sources deep inside Lucasfilm tell me The Last Jedi is both singular & plural & that's what they told regional translators.— Magnus Anton (@GeekFurious) February 17, 2017
It's not impossible that the translated titles made their own decision whether to go with singular or plural meanings, although the fact that everyone went with plural would suggest there was at least some guidance offered by filmmakers. Nonetheless, even if the title is appropriately plural, that isn't necessarily a signifier that both Rey and Luke will survive the feature — or even that the title refers to them at all. After all, wasn't Luke meant to be training a group of Jedi before he disappeared? Do we known for sure if Kylo Ren really killed all of them…?
Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be released Dec. 15. Speculation about the title will continue all the way to that date.