The folks at Star Wars understand that every detail, no matter how significant or otherwise, is big news and upon releasing the details of their 8th installment via Star Wars: The Last Jedi, speculation has begun on a wide scale over who exactly is the last Jedi.
The Rian Johnson picture will debut on December 15, 2017 as a direct sequel from 2015's The Force Awakens, providing pivotal answers to Rey and Skywalker's connection at the conclusion of that title.
Hamill revealed that he already knew about the name itself, but this would be the first time on camera that he gave a reaction. The veteran actor explained that the studio has people like him a nervous state, telling them categorically they cannot leak any details about the movie but tell them without their knowledge about it anyway.
Sounds Like A Samurai Movie: Hamill
Sitting down with the Associated Press on the very day everyone knew about Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Hamill outlined how he came to know and what he thought about it.
"(It) was just announced, I just heard it in the car ride over," replied Hamill. "He (Rian Johnson) told me that while we were making the movie and I said, 'Don't tell me these things! You know I talk in my sleep.' They have us so jacked up with paranoia over leaks, but that's the way of the world. It's funny because back when we were making the original, nobody cared (laughs)."
Asked about the title itself, Hamill responded, "It's got a real Samurai ... you know, it's real straight forward and minimalist and I like that."
Theories Fly About Last Jedi Identity
The last Jedi could be any number of Star Wars characters, but the most obvious points to that of Luke Skywalker. In his disheveled and elderly state, the hero also happens to be referred to as "the last jedi" in the opening crawl for The Force Awakens and, in that regard, it would be the ideal scenario to connect the dots.
One theory that lends weight to the idea of Princess Leia is what Yoda told Luke on his death bed in The Return of the Jedi: “Luke, when gone am I, the last of the Jedi will you be. Luke, the Force runs strong in your family. Pass on what you have learned, Luke.”
Another might be Rey herself, as the inevitable passing of Skywalker could be the moment the lightsaber is passed to the protagonist.