Yes, ‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ Does Have A Real Name

By January 11, 2017

The release of Star Wars: Episode VIII is less than a year away. And although principal photography is over, we are missing one key thing: the title.

It might seem Lucasfilm is taking its time trying to think up a title, but director Rian Johnson tells USA Today he’s had the true name of Episode VIII for quite a long time. And he’s just not ready to reveal it quiet yet.

“It was in the very first draft I wrote.”

Fans will learn the name “all in good time, my friend.”

Naming the Star Wars films have been tricky over the decades. In fact, the first Star Wars is simply known as Star Wars, although it’s now called A New Hope to differentiate it from the franchise itself.

Some names have played really well with fans like The Empire Strikes Back and even The Force Awakens. Others not so much – The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones come to mind.

Johnson, a director best known for his work on 2012’s Looper as well as a few episodes of AMC’s Breaking Bad, wouldn’t share too much about what fans could expect in Episode VIII except that some of the new main characters Rey and Finn – played by Daisy Ridley and John Boyega – will be better defined.

“I wanted to know more about each of them, and that doesn’t just mean information or backstory. Figure out what’s the most difficult thing each of them could be challenged with now – let’s throw that at them and dig into what really makes them tick by seeing how they handle it.”

Another thing we’ll see more of is Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker. Especially with how his character relates to the more modern representation of himself in the films, Rey.

“What’s going on with Luke Skywalker? I’m approaching it with a take that I hope feels honest and real, and is going to be interesting to folks and make sense.”

Johnson still has some time to work on the film, even with the need to do some changes during post-production after the sudden death of one of his stars, Carrie Fisher.

Star Wars: Episode VIII opens Dec. 15.

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Michael began what has become nearly 19 years of entertainment reporting as the founder of SyFy Portal, which would become Airlock Alpha after he sold the SyFy brand to NBC Universal. He's based out of New York City where he is the editor of a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper in the Bronx.