Star Wars: Episode IX’s International Title May Confirm Major Theory

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Lucasfilm has been pretty stingy when it comes to sharing the secrets of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker with the Star Wars fanbase. Filling in the silence, Star Wars fans have been cooking all sorts of theories about what's to come in Episode IX, and now, it looks like one popular fan theory may have just been confirmed.

The international titles for The Rise of Skywalker have just been recently revealed, and it looks like the film is taking on a rather different name in Japan. Given its own Japanese name, Episode IX's Japanese title directly translates to Star Wars: Dawn of Skywalker, a name which might actually hint at a major fan theory that's been going around for quite a bit of time now.

Ever since Lucasfilm dropped the very first teaser for The Rise of Skywalker, fans have been trying to analyze the film's title. While some believe that the title suggests a major comeback for Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) who was killed in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, many others believe that the title actually points to a new sect of Light Side Force users which abandon the "Jedi" title and then take on the Skywalker name at the end of the film.

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Not only would this allow Rey (Daisy Ridley) to adopt the title Skywalker, but it would also help expand the goal that was originally set by The Last Jedi as well as allowing the Skywalker family legacy to continue. It would be a nice compromise, really.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker premieres December 20, 2019.

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