The movie is produced by Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, longtime Johnson collaborator Ram Bergman (Brick, Looper) and executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Jason McGatlin, and Tom Karnowski.
"Star Wars: The Last Jedi" heads to cinemas on 17 December 2017.
However, Johnson said at Celebration Europe that the film will start right after The Force Awakens, which is a big departure from the previous films in the franchise.
Star Wars Episode VIII's title has been a mystery until today, when Lucasfilm announced the title in a simple Facebook post.
Rumors have swirled about the next film's name in recent months, with "Fall of the Resistance", "Order of the Dark Side", and "Tale of the Jedi Temple" bandied about.
National Review's senior political correspondent, Jim Geraghty, agreed.
The compilation image shows the actress who plays the character Rey gradually getting more excited as the logo for The Last Jedi zooms in as well. Or does it hint that Rey, Finn (John Boyega), or someone else could be the "last" Jedi in the galaxy? The third film in the original trilogy was Return of The Jedi, after all, so if this is a call-back, the sequencing is off. Mark Hamill's Luke Skywalker is the first option to come to mind, but would that mean the actor will be playing a more central role in the new movie?
Carrie Fisher, who died in December at the age of 60, will also make an appearance, in what has been promised as her last outing as General Leia Organa. In other words, it might be a while before we see a film without the Star Wars brand top the yearly box office.