‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Villains Could Change Everything You Know About The Franchise

By August 15, 2014

I want to put this out there right up front: this article will contain gigantic spoilers for Star Wars: Episode VII. Turn back now.

If you’re interested in learning about what’s to come in J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Wars film, let me first direct you to two articles I’ve already written this morning: the first is about the new look for the Stormtroopers, and the second is about Han Solo’s costume possibly being inspired by “Firefly” captain Malcolm Reynolds. But the biggest news of the day comes from Latino-Review, who have released a ton of information about the villains of the upcoming movie.

The Inquisitor 2

We know that the main villain in the animated series “Star Wars: Rebels” is The Inquisitor, and he’ll be voiced by Jason Isaacs. While that specific character likely won’t appear in Episode VII (since the show takes place between Episodes III and IV, and Episode VII takes place 30 years after Return of the Jedi), the villains of the new film will be Inquisitors: Jedi-hunters capable of using the Force who work for the Sith. We’re not sure which actors will be playing them yet, but Adam Driver’s name came up as the villain months ago, so he’s a good guess. Badass Digest reveals that the main villain (whose name they don’t know), “wears a black robe. His eyes are deep red. And half of his face is metal. He’s a cyborg. That was his hand in the picture JJ Abrams shared with the note about A Force For Change.”

How does that change everything you know about the franchise so far? We’re going to have to reveal more plot details to tell you, so as long as you’re ready for more spoilers, read on.

Darth Vader 2

We’ve written before about how the movie opens with Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber falling through space and landing on the surface of a planet, where Daisy Ridley and John Boyega’s characters find it. They team up with Han and Chewie and go on a quest to find Luke, who didn’t go AWOL, but instead was captured by the Inquisitors. When the group finds him, he tells them about the history of the villains, which includes flashbacks to a young Princess Leia and – most importantly – the appearance of Darth Vader. Yep, Vader appears on screen in Episode VII. Luke’s story tells how Vader had been commanding the Inquisitors all along, which could (and probably will) recontextualize everything we’ve seen in the series so far. The curtain will be pulled back, and we’ll see a larger picture of the plan Vader had from the beginning – one that we’ve never been privy to until now.

With the inclusion of The Inquisitor in the movie, there’s a chance “Star Wars: Rebels” could hold some clues to what we can expect, considering the show debuts this October and we won’t see the movie until December of next year. But again, don’t expect the same Inquisitor to appear in both properties. Still, it shows that the people at Lucasfilm were serious when they said future Star Wars media will be connected.

I realize that’s a lot of information to process, but I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below. What do you think about the Inquisitor being the main villain in Star Wars: Episode VII? Excited to see Vader back on screen? Let us know!

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