If you want to avoid any mild spoilers, or if you don't want to know anything at all about the plot of Star Wars: Episode VII, stop reading right now. If not, take a look at the plot description below.
That hand falls onto a desert planet, where it is discovered by characters who will be our heroes. One is Daisy Ridley. The other is John Boyega, who is playing someone trying to change his path in life (again, I'm keeping it vague here). They recognize the light saber as a Jedi relic and decide to return it to the proper people.
Their quest takes them off world, and they meet up with Han Solo and Chewbacca, who aren't flying around in the Millenium Falcon anymore but are piloting... well, that could be a spoiler. I'll leave it. Anyway, Han and Chewie recognize the light saber as Luke's, and they say they haven't seen their friend in thirty years, since the events of Return of the Jedi.
So begins a quest to find the missing Jedi Master. Meanwhile, on an ice planet, nefarious forces are building a super weapon, one capable of destroying not planets but entire solar systems...
In many ways this plot of Episode VII is an echo of A New Hope. Instead of R2 coming to Tatooine it's a hand falling from the sky, but the basic sweep of the story is similar, and intentionally so. But things that seem familiar may not be as familiar as you think - don't assume that every ice or desert planet in the galaxy has already been visited, if you know what I'm saying.
The site goes on to reveal that they have heard "extremely positive things about the action, and very, very good things about the characters themselves and the way the actors are bringing them to life," while stating that "John Boyega owns this movie."
Are you excited about these new story details? Chime in with your thoughts below, and stay tuned for more information as Star Wars: Episode VII continues production in London, under the direction of J.J. Abrams.