The French translation of the new Star Wars movie might actually be a small spoiler

Star Wars fans have had a question since January 23, and the answer might actually come from the latest French translation of the movie.

In a press release, the franchise had released the English title of its eighth episode: “The Last Jedi”. Ever since, fans have been wondering who was that last Jedi. Is it Luke? Is it Rey? Could there be more than one?

The French translation gives a clue

Poster of the French Translation of Star Wars Episode Eight

Unlike in English, there was no way to stay ambiguous when translating “last” into French. If the noun is plural, the adjective needs to agree with it.

Had we seen “Le dernier Jedi” (singular), we would know there is only one remaining Jedi.

But what do we actually have in the French version of the title? “Les derniers Jedi”That’s definitely plural, and if correctly translated, would answer our questions. At least partly. We now know there is more than one final Jedi in the movie.

But who are these last Jedi? It is possible that on top of Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Luke Skywalker, we could get a surprising name: Leïa, Kylo Ren (aka Ben Solo, son of the great smuggler Han Solo, portrayed by Harrison Ford). Even Finn, could join the ranks of these “Last Jedi”.

Not the first time the French translation reveals plot points

Even if French movie translations have been hit-or-miss in the past, Star Wars translations seem different. Fans have been able to settle two debates on the plural vs. singular issue:

  • “Revenge of the Sith” became in French: “La revanche des Sith”. The French version used the plural.
  • “Return of the Jedi” was translated by “Le Retour du Jedi”. The translators used the singular, and that was appropriate.

With that, chances are good we’ll see more than one Jedi in the upcoming movie. Now fans still have ten months to speculate on to just whom these last Jedi are. What are your ideas?

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