With Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hitting theaters this week, focus in the Star Wars galaxy is about to shift to next year’s as of yet untitled Star Wars Episode VIII. The sequel to The Force Awakens already finished principal photography and is slated for a December 15, 2017 release. Considering that we’re only about a year away from hitting theaters the official title and first teaser should be coming along any time now.
That said, some sleuthing done by AVSForum found a possible title for the film. Lucasfilm has just trademarked “Star Wars: Forces of Destiny.” The name certainly sounds the part, especially as so much focus was put on the Force in the last film and “Destiny” could very well be a nod and a wink to Rey’s parentage in that she was destined to take up the Skywalker blade.
Not only does the name sound like it could be legitimate, the timing is right and the trademark is for an absolute ton of merchandise. It’s unlikely that the trademark would be that extensive if this were for a new animated series or novel. A film, on the other hand, makes more sense considering that merchandising has been a huge part of the Star Wars franchise for decades.
In any case, it’s speculation at this point and it could simply be a possible title that they wanted to lock down just in case. Ultimately we have to wait for that official announcement but this certainly seems within the realm of possibility.
Alright Star Wars fans, titles are a big deal. Do you think Episode VIII will indeed be known as Star Wars: Forces of Destiny? Do you like that as the name for the movie? Be sure to sound off below and let us know what you think.
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