The New ‘Star Wars’ Movie Has an Official Title

The highly anticipated follow-up to Star Wars: The Force Awakens has a new title.

Called Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the film will be released on Dec. 15, 2017. Written and directed by Rian Johnson, the movie is second installment in the Star Wars sequel trilogy and the eighth episode in the overall franchise.

The Last Jedi — perhaps a nod to the ending of The Force Awakens — follows the events of preceding the last film. Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie and Andy Serkis are all set to return. Meanwhile, newcomers Benicio Del Toro, Laura Dern and Kelly Marie Tran are slated to join the cast.

This will be Carrie Fisher’s last Star Wars film. As previously reported, the late actress finished filming her scenes as Princess Leia before her untimely death in December.