Yesterday, we reported on two big plot updates for Star Wars: Episode VII, which helps us put this massive universe in perspective, along with details about who some of the new cast members are playing. Today, Badass Digest has more details about Gwendoline Christie's character, along with speculation that the role was originally written as a male.

There will be SPOILERS that follow, so read on at your own risk.

The first story from yesterday claims that the plot opens on John Boyega and Daisy Ridley's characters, who find a severed hand in the desert clutching a light saber. During their quest to return the Jedi weapon to its proper owner, they come across Han Solo (Harrison Ford), who recognizes that the light saber belongs to Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), who he hasn't seen in 30 years, which starts them on their quest to find the missing Jedi.

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The second update revealed that John Boyega is actually a Stormtrooper who has gone AWOL on a mission to redeem himself. Here's where Gwendoline Christie's character comes in.

The site's unidentified source had this to say about who exactly Gwendoline Christie is playing.

I have new info that puts things in new perspectives. She's definitely hunting Boyega. I think she's an Imperial officer, but I got one more piece of information that puts everything in a new light:


The actress has been training with a lightsaber.

Could she be an Imperial officer who has a lightsaber? Or is it something more? I'm hearing the S word."

Of course, the "S word" this source is referring to is Sith, meaning it's very possible that she could be the apprentice in training under a new Sith Emperor.

The site is also speculating that Gwendoline Christie's role was originally written for a man, and that her casting could be in response to the negative backlash from the first cast photo in April that only featured two females, Daisy Ridley and Carrie Fisher.

They also believe that this Imperial Officer/Sith role was the same one that Benedict Cumberbatch was initially rumored for. The actor was being mentioned back when original writer Michael Arndt's draft was still being worked on, before J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan took over writing duties.

Do you think it's possible that J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan swapped out a male role for a female role in their subsequent rewrite? We may never know for sure, but we'll keep you posted if any new Star Wars: Episode VII details surface.