Carrie Fisher will make her final appearance as Princess Leia in the film

By Jodi Guglielmi
January 23, 2017 11:34 AM
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Star Wars fans might want to sit down for this one.

The official title for Star Wars: Episode VIII has been revealed. Disney and Lucasfilm announced Monday that the latest chapter in the beloved saga will be called Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

The latest film will see the return of stars from The Force Awakens including Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Lupita Nyong’o, Oscar Isaac and Adam Driver. Mark Hamill will also reprise his role as Luke Skywalker.

It will also be Carrie Fisher‘s final film: Production on Star Wars: The Last Jedi, in which Fisher returns as Princess Leia, wrapped in July, nearly five months before the actress’ unexpected death.

While little is known about the plot of the latest film, it is said to pick up immediately after the final shot of The Force Awakens, when Ridley’s Rey was seen handing Hamill’s Luke Skywalker his old lightsaber.

Looper director Rian Johnson is at the helm of Episode VIII, which flies into theaters on Dec. 15, 2017.