As of right now there’s no official title for Episode VIII, and according to an interview with series star Daisy Ridley, that won’t change anytime soon.
With all the fervor surrounding the first Star Wars standalone movie, Rogue One – set for the end of 2016 – it’s easy to forget that filmmaker Rian Johnson’s episodic Force Awakens follow-up is scheduled for December 2017.
Ridley was a guest on the “Footnotes” segment of the hilariously-named My Dad Wrote a Porno podcast, a comedy show with hosts Jamie Morton, James Cooper, and BBC Radio 1 DJ Alice Levine. In between talking about how she gets Star Wars merch with her face on it all the time and dealing with having her own wax figure at Madame Tussaud’s, Ridley also mentioned the next episodic movie in the series doesn’t have an official title yet.
Here’s what she had to say when the hosts asked her about the title :
I heard a title, and I’m not sure it’s going to be that. I really don’t know much about anything…I heard it a long time ago before we started filming, and so I feel like some things have tweaked slightly during. It’s going to be a while before it’s released, I imagine.
There have obviously been rumors of what Johnson’s first installment of the series would be called, like the mostly debunked rumor that it’s title would be Fall of the Resistance. Plus the humorous working title of the film was Space Bear, but there’s no way that’s what it will end up being called.
But as Ridley said, Star Wars fans will just have to be patient. Two years ago, principal photography wrapped on Episode VII on November 3, 2014. Three days later, we found out the movie would be titled The Force Awakens. It seems Lucasfilm doesn’t want to overshadow Rogue One with huge news about the sequel more people care about.
Ridley went on to answer some more rapidfire questions from Cooper, Morton, and Levine about the upcoming movie as well. Like her answer about the title, they were typically vague:
- Does Rey get injured: “Yes”
- Does Rey get a new outfit: “Maybe”
- Is there a big explosion: “Maybe”
- Is there a romance: “Maybe”
So Rey gets hurt in her potential new outfit because of a hypothetical explosion after being in a possible romance.
Whatever it ends up being called, Episode VIII hits theaters December 15, 2017.
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