When Lucasfilm announced the official title for Episode VIII—The Last Jedi–fans immediately wanted to know if Jedi should be considered singular or plural, as it can mean both.
Now, director Rian Johnson himself has weighed in on the discussion. Speaking to ABC News (via Uproxx), whose parent company is Disney, Johnson said, “In my mind, it’s singular.”
— Good Morning America (@GMA) April 14, 2017
The interviewer then asked if Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) is the last Jedi. “If you say so,” Johnson replied. He went on: “They say in The Force Awakens that he’s going to find the last Jedi temple, and Luke is the last Jedi.”
Also in the interview, Johnson said he was surprised to see the discussion around The Last Jedi‘s title garner so much discussion. He said he “never even pondered” the question of singular vs. plural, and said it “seems like the most uninteresting” thing to ask about the film.
In February, a report claimed that The Last Jedi‘s title is meant to be plural, but it appears that is not the case. It may seem like a small detail, but if it is singular, and if Luke is indeed that last Jedi, that could have major implications on future movies and stories.
Luke Skywalker is referred to as “the last Jedi” in the opening crawl to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Additionally, Yoda says to Luke on his deathbed in Return of the Jedi, “When gone am I, the last of the Jedi will you be.” At the end of the new trailer for The Last Jedi, Luke says, “It’s time for the Jedi to end.”
In other news, The Last Jedi may finally reveal who Rey’s (Daisy Ridley) parents are. Additionally, Hamill has discussed Luke’s journey in the film, saying he was originally not on board with Johnson’s ideas.
The Last Jedi opens on December 15. In addition to Hamill and Ridley, The Last Jedi stars Carrie Fisher (who completed her scenes before passing away in December), John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie, Andy Serkis, and Domhnall Gleeson. The film also adds new cast members, including Laura Dern and Benicio del Toro.