Star Wars: The Last Jedi

2017 film directed by Rian Johnson

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (also known as Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi[2]) is an American epic space opera movie written and directed by Rian Johnson. It was released worldwide in December 2017. It is the second movie in the Star Wars sequel trilogy, after Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It is followed by Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi
Teaser poster
Directed byRian Johnson
Written byRian Johnson
Based onCharacters
by George Lucas
Produced by
CinematographySteve Yedlin
Edited byBob Ducsay
Music byJohn Williams[1]
Distributed byWalt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Release date
  • December 15, 2017 (2017-12-15) (United States)
CountryUnited States
Budget$200–317 million
Box office$1.333 billion

The movie is produced by Lucasfilm and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, and Andy Serkis in returning roles. New cast members include Benicio del Toro, Laura Dern, and Kelly Marie Tran. Fisher died in December 2016, making The Last Jedi her final movie role.



The movie was announced after Disney's purchase of Lucasfilm in October 2012. It is produced by Ram Bergman and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. John Williams, composer for the previous seven films, returned to compose the score. Scenes that required shooting at Skellig Michael in Ireland were filmed during pre-production in September 2015, with principal photography beginning at Pinewood Studios in England in February 2016 and ending in July 2016.

The Last Jedi was released on December 15, 2017. A sequel, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, was released on December 20, 2019.

Critical response


On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 91% based on 379 critic reviews, with an average rating of 8.1/10.[3]

Further reading

  • "The Greatest Teacher, Failure Is." Why Hate The Last Jedi?". David Kyle Johnson Ph.D. Psychology Today.


  1. Hewitt, Chris (July 27, 2013). "John Williams To Score Star Wars Episodes VII-IX". Empire Online. Retrieved March 21, 2016.
  2. "The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson reveals first look at Star Wars Episode VIII's opening crawl". Radio Times. January 25, 2017. Retrieved January 25, 2017. Star Wars Episode VIII: the Last Jedi will be released in UK cinemas on the 15th December
  3. Star Wars: The Last Jedi, retrieved 2017-12-17

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