Since the red-hued reveal of the Star Wars Episode XIII logo unveiled the subtitle “The Last Jedi”, fans have been speculating to exactly who it referred to. Director Rian Johnson can give you the definitive answer to that question.
Since the word “Jedi” is both plural and singular, people have been unsure if the title is referencing Luke, Rey, or both of them. It was established in The Force Awakens that the Knights of Ren had wiped out a new generation of training Jedi, meaning it could be Luke, the sole survivor. Or, like “The Force Awakens”, it could refer to Rey, who had just discovered she was strong with the Force and was called to Anakin’s lightsaber. And seeing as the new film will feature Luke training Rey in the Force, it could very well be both.
But Rian Johnson can clear all that up. When asked by The New York Times who the title is named for, he gave an honest response.
“It’s in the opening crawl of The Force Awakens. Luke Skywalker, right now, is the last Jedi. There’s always wiggle room in these movies — everything is from a certain point of view — but coming into our story, he is the actual last of the Jedi. And he’s removed himself and is alone on this island, for reasons unknown.”
He noted Luke is only the last Jedi “right now”, meaning Rey could become one by the end of the movie. But we can expect Luke to be at the heart of this movie.
Source: The New York Times