The folks at Latino Review have a few sources inside JJ Abrams’ Star Wars camp, and they’ve compiled a list of “fun bullet points that have solidified enough through different channels to be reportable.” Since Star Wars news is at a premium at this point (and will continue to be leading all the way up to Episode VII’s release in December of 2015 and beyond), let’s take a look at what they have to say and see if we can figure out what any of it means. Keep in mind this info is unconfirmed (since Lucasfilm is obviously keeping everything under lock and key) and should be considered potentially spoilery for those of you who would like to go in fresh:
There will be a female villain. Over 50% sure she’s a Sith. I’ll follow up on this in later weeks.
Despite having 30 Years after Jedi to set one up, there is NO New Republic at the start of Episode VII.
Boba-Fett-similar armor is around. Probably not for the man himself. Mandalorians? Clone drama? Still unclear on a plot/character connection.
John Boyega isn’t a Jedi or a Padawan at the beginning of the movie, he’s the one that has the story arc that brings him into Star Wars’ greater universe. It has echoes of Luke’s arc in A New Hope.
Let’s start at the beginning and tackle these point by point. A female villain would be really cool to see, Sith or not. With Lupita Nyong’o and Gwendoline Christie recently added to the cast, what do you think the odds are that Christie gets the nod to play the villainess? It’d be a cool reversal of expectations based on her “Game of Thrones” character.
No new Republic after all that time? What have the rebels been doing since the Empire fell? Having the longest dance party of all time on the Forest moon of Endor with the freakin’ Ewoks? But maybe the lack of a singular system will allow for a more complex storyline instead of just “good guys vs. bad guys.” After all, we’ve seen countless riffs on rebels vs. an empire since the original trilogy – maybe best depicted in “Firefly.”
Considering Abrams’ love of easter eggs, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Fett-style armor is just an easter egg for this movie, similar to how Tony Stark picks up Cap’s shield in Iron Man 2 and uses it to prop something up.
I hope this is true about Boyega’s character. He’s a great young talent and seeing him go on a full emotional journey through this universe could be extremely fulfilling. We need a character to follow in this updated Star Wars universe who can be the audience conduit, listening to all of the exposition (hopefully not too much) that will be necessary to explain the way things work 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi.
What do you guys think about this new Star Wars: Episode VII info?
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