Unofficial reports claimed in November 2012 that Lawrence Kasdan, who originally wrote the screenplays for both The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, and co-writer Simon Kinberg would divide writing responsibilities for The Last Jedi and IX, and both would co-produce all three films of the upcoming sequel trilogy, alongside Kathleen Kennedy.
In February 2013, Disney revealed that Kasdan and Kinberg were working on standalone films as well.
During a concert with the Young Musician's Foundation Debut Orchestra on February 9, composer John Williams stated that he was hoping to get the chance to write the musical scores for the entire new trilogy. His involvement was made official when Star Wars Insider 144 stated he would score the "new Star Wars trilogy".
In fall 2015, Benicio del Toro was cast as a new villain in the film, joining Adam Driver and Andy Serkis, who play the trilogy's main villains Ben Solo/Kylo Ren and Supreme Leader Snoke respectively. Gugu Mbatha-Raw was additionally cast as a fourth main lead, signed on for both Episodes VIII and IX. She joins Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and Oscar Isaac who play Rey, Finn, and Poe Dameron respectively.
In January 2017, the title of Episode VIII was officially revealed to be The Last Jedi.
- Daisy Ridley as Rey
- John Boyega as Finn
- Adam Driver as Ben Solo/Kylo Ren
- Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker
- Carrie Fisher as Leia Organa
- Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron
- Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke
- Lupita Nyong'o as Maz Kanata
- Domhnall Gleeson as General Hux
- Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma
- Anthony Daniels as C-3PO
- Kelly Marie Tran as Rose Tico
- Laura Dern as Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo
- Benicio del Toro as DJ
- Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca
- Gugu Mbatha-Raw as TBA
- Greg Grunberg as Snap Wexley
- Billie Lourd as Lt. Connix
- Tim Rose as Admiral Ackbar
- Jimmy Vee as R2-D2
- Mike Quinn as Nien Nunb
- Warwick Davis as TBA
- The film was originally scheduled to be released on May 26, 2017, but due to the success of The Force Awakens in December, the release date was pushed back to December 15, 2017.
- This is the first theatrical Star Wars sequel to be released two years after its predecessor contrast to three years like the previous trilogies.
- This title is not to be confused with the Marvel comic from the 1980's or the Legends novel staring Jax Pavan.
- The title's announcement launched a frenzy of online speculation in regard to the interpretations of the meaning of "last Jedi", with some noting that the term "Jedi" can be used both singularly and plurally. However, this meaning was revealed in foreign translations of the film's title, revealing the translated title to be plural.
- This will be Carrie Fisher's final performance; as she died in 2016.
- It has been confirmed that Fisher filmed all her scenes prior to her death.
- December 13, 2017 (Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden)
- December 14, 2017 (Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Brazil, Cambodia, Chile, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Israel, Malaysia, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, United Kingdom)
- December 15, 2017 (Bulgaria, Canada, Estonia, Ireland, Japan, Lithuania, Philippines, Romania, Spain, Turkey, Vietnam)
- January 5, 2018 (China)
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 "The Official Title for Star Wars: Episode VIII Revealed". StarWars.com (January 23, 2017).
- ↑ 
- ↑ http://uk.ign.com/articles/2017/05/24/first-images-of-benicio-del-toro-and-laura-dern-in-star-wars-the-last-jedi
- ↑ "Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Definitive Preview". Vanity Fair (May 30, 2017).
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