Much of the post-title reveal hype has focused around who the “last Jedi” actually is. Part of the confusion stems from the fact that Jedi can be both singular and plural, so the title could be referring to one person, or multiple.
A German translation of the film’s title in a teaser poster may hold the key to this mystery. IGN Germany reports that the German teaser poster for the film is written as “Die Letzten Jedi” – the plural form of the phrase. The singular would be “Der Letzte Jedi”. It follows news that the Spanish translation of the film’s title also gives away that the Jedi in question is in fact plural. We’re yet to get any official confirmation, however.
In any case, we know for certain that Luke Skywalker is a Jedi, so here’s actor Mark Hamill’s take on the new Star Wars title (courtesy of Uproxx):
“I mean, I was told way back when we were doing the film what [the title] was and I really liked it. I didn’t realise, though, that actual phrase is in the crawl for Episode VII,” said Hamill. “By the way, when you read The Force Awakens script, the very first two words are, ‘Luke Skywalker has vanished.’ Ooh, baby, this is going to be good! I’m going to have a great part!”
He continued: “But down later in the crawl, and I can’t quote it exactly, I saw on Twitter this morning, ‘until Skywalker, the last Jedi, is destroyed.’ I thought, well, I didn’t know that! I’ve only seen it twice – VII, I mean. And I was wondering why they would use that phrase if it was used that way, because it specifies me. And I think it’s very ambiguous. Is the last Jedi Leia? Is it me? […] Is it someone we’ve never met before? Or is it Rey? Because she seems to have the Force as well. So we’ll all wait and see.”
Finally, there’s this quirky fan theory (from aptly named Reddit user AnakinKardashian) posits that Snoke is the titular Force wizard:
“It was pretty cool how we saw Jedha in Rogue One,” AnakinKardashian writes. “But was there also a strategic reason? What if we are supposed to get in the mindset that the Jedi order is very, very ancient? In one of the most recent star wars novels, Palpatine sends someone to Jakku to uncover an ancient secret. In The Force Awakens, we see that luke is looking for the original Jedi temple.”
“What’s with this sudden obsession with Jedi history? In the force Awakens novel, snoke reveals that he is very old. But we don’t know how ancient he is,” the fan theory continues. “Kylo Ren’s lightsaber is confirmed to be an ancient version of the lightsaber. Where did he get it? Snoke.”
AnakinKardashian goes on: “Now keep in mind the title of episode 8, the last jedi. What if we are learning about early Jedi because we are going to find out how different the ancient Jedi order is? What if what we know as Jedi are not really Jedi after all? What if snoke is the last Jedi, in its original form? It makes sense that we are learning about early Jedi.”
“It makes sense that kylo Ren has this ancient version of the weapon. It makes sense that Luke went to look for the original Jedi temple in order to learn about Snoke,” the user adds.