Rumored ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Details: Lightsabers, Droids & More

By October 3, 2014

See? I told you in yesterday’s article that I’d be writing about Star Wars: Episode VII again. Little did I know that would mean I’d be writing about it the very next day. But I suppose I should have known, considering we’re almost to the point where it’s rare that a day goes by that some little bit of Star Wars information doesn’t make waves online. Yesterday’s piece promised that we wouldn’t reveal a massive, movie-ruining spoiler, and we’re holding to that promise; today’s news surrounds some much smaller developments – things like tiny story moments, where characters live, and details about a new droid. So if you’re cool with spoilers of that level, read on.

This info all comes from Making Star Wars (via /Film). Kira – the name being used on set for Daisy Ridley’s character – lives in an abandoned fallen AT-AT, tipped over on its side on a desert planet. Now, we’re not certain that the following details are real, but they seem too detailed to make up (and what would be the point of that?). It seems like they have a source on the inside who has gotten a great look at some concept art for the movie. Here’s a brief description of a junker ship that the Kira character supposedly uses:

Kira has a junker ship which has tow cables that detach from it to pull junk across the sandy planet on which she lives. The cockpit is in the center of the ship and is not unlike a B-29 Bomber. Stylistically it reminds me of the ships from Terminator that attack John Conor’s rebels. The cockpit holds two pilots in the front and there is probably room for more in the short fuselage. The back of the ship fans out. There are no weapons as it is not an attack ship.

And remember that weird pig-like creature from those leaked TMZ photos all those months ago? Apparently that thing works with Kira to salvage an X-wing.

Here’s another interesting note. There is art of a large Star Destroyer with gravity wells crashed in the horizon. Kira is directing a giant pig like what we saw in the TMZ photos towards a station. The driver on the giant pig is abstract but appears to be the alien from the lightsaber photos in other depictions. What are they towing? An X-wing fighter, one you’ve all seen.

Also, details have emerged about a new droid:

The droid is smaller than R2-D2 and Chopper. His head is just above the knee, but not quiet to the hip, he’s tiny. His head is silver like Artoo-Detoo but his markings are red orange (Note: I originally reported the droid’s markings as being red, but I should have said orange). He has a single eye and two antennas on the top of his head. His neck has a black covering that kind of accordions when he looks around and connects to his body. He is similar to something you might see in Wall-E mixed with one of the senate cams in Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace. He has a holographic projector in the same place as Artoo-Detoo as well. His head looks up.

And in what the site claims “could be one of the most memorable sequences from the next trilogy of Star Wars films,” Kira stands with a droid and an alien as John Boyega’s character accidentally powers on a lightsaber for the first time. They all stand by, amazed. Sounds like a cool moment.

And speaking of lightsabers, here’s a cool piece of concept art from the folks at IndieRevolver from a few days ago that features a lightsaber battle in the shadow of the Millennium Falcon. Who are the fighters, and who’s that looking on with a blaster in hand? We’ll have to wait to find out.

Lightsaber concept art

What do you think about this latest round of Star Wars info?

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Ben is a writer living in Los Angeles, California. His work has been featured at,,,, and many more sites across the web. Some of his favorite movies include The Rocketeer, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Tombstone, Lucky Number Slevin, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Collateral, Double Indemnity, Back to the Future and The Prestige. Follow him on Twitter: @BenPears.