As someone put it best online: The Jedi will end like the Empire will end..... it didn't. It just got a rename.
It's not the Empire. It's the First Order.
He's not Darth Vader. He's Kylo Ren.
That's not the Emperor. That's Supreme Leader Snoke.
It's not a Death Star, you fool. It's a Starkiller Base. Duh.
It's a great foreboding title & I'm positive Rian Johnson is going to make an excellent movie but the Jedi really aren't going anywhere.
Disney is following their Marvel template & wants to ALWAYS have new Star Wars theatrical content on the horizon to always keep people's interest on high. The plan is one new grand-scale Star Wars film every year for the foreseeable future. Most likely a few years down the line they'll expand to releasing two Star Wars a year & possibly more. Plus, at some point they'll start branching out to Netflix TV shows. A network TV show. Streaming content. Shorts. Etc etc. Kind of like how back in 2010 Marvel's grand plans was one or two theatrical movies a year but slowly grew their empire so that they're now in a place where every calendar year they will have THREE Theatrical Features (Guardians 2, Spider-man 6, Thor 3), THREE Netflix TV seasons (Iron Fist, The Punisher Reboot, The Defenders), an ongoing network show (Agents of Shield) & more. Every year. Marvel fans will never want for content again.
That's where Disney wants to have Star Wars within the next decade. Probably after they finish this new "Saga Trilogy" or Episodes VII-XI. I think by 2023 we'll be looking at two or three Star Wars movies a year. Some of those will have to feature Jedi.
The way I call it:
Luke will be the Last True Jedi. Kylo Ren will be redeemed & go on to train the New Jedi. Insert name for "Totally not Jedi force but it's absolutely the Jedi.
I'm also 100% positive Luke Skywalker will die in either this film or the next because A) it's an easy way to work in an Empire Strikes Back style downbeat ending & B) it's basically Star Wars tradition now for the mentor to die & & C) once Luke is gone Disney can continue Star Wars without ever having to really bother with the original cast ever again. All the other original cast members left from Star Wars are either super small supporting OR completely hidden behind a robot or alien mask. From what I've been told, behind closed doors Disney is more than ready to move past working with everyone involved in the original films when it comes to making new Star Wars product BUT they'll gladly keep working with them as a marketing tool. The classic cast & crew will keep showing up at Star Wars Con or whatever that yearly event last week was. Disney is especially ready after people collectively shrugged their shoulders when they tested zombie Peter Cushing in Rogue One. Grand Moff Tarkin's role in the film was apparently less story essential (they apparently had another route in place originally) & more as a test of CG Zombie casting. People's reaction was as usual a collective shrug & a fuck it attitude. Audiences could tell the guy was a computer effect but most people don't analyze movies & let things wash over them & as long as the zombie in question isn't in the now culturally they're okay with it. They backfired with CG Zombie Leia at the end of the film but wait a few years & Disney will bring back zombie Carrie Fisher if the story calls for a cameo. Disney doesn't want to be beholden to actors from the original films who can make pretty big contract demands. Mind you, they'll keep milking the classic George Lucas era of Star Wars for decades to come with Young Han Solo & Baby Boba Fett movies & much much more but they want to have complete control over talent & not risk anyone complicating deals. I've heard Alden Ehrenreich has basically signed a real Marvel style when he took on the role of Han Solo.