There have been plenty of rumors about the villains in Star Wars: Episode VII. First they were said to be Jedi Hunters. Later reports called them Mercenaries. Now it's being reported that the villains are actually Mandalorians, the race that Boba Fett's armor hails from. The bounty hunter clone, himself, is from Camino as revealed in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (though still considered a Mandalorian). The Mandalorians will be joined by a Sith Witch, or a group of Witches, intent on taking down the Jedi. Could they be the Nightsisters of Dathomir?
The official Star Wars Wookieepedia describes the Mandalorians as a race of fierce warriors who often side with the Sith, but will also align themselves with the Jedi if the cause is rigtht.
In their early years, Mandalorian culture revolved around battle, with war being a source of honor and pride in their community. The leader of the Mandalorians, known as the Mand'alor, translates to "Sole Ruler" and presented as "Mandalore" in Basic. Throughout their history, the Mandalorians often allied with the Sith, perhaps most notably the Sith Lord Exar Kun, and held a certain distrust and general dislike for the Jedi Order.
However, they wouldn't hesitate to cooperate with the Jedi if a partnership between the two groups was mutually beneficial. In later years, the Mandalorians moved away from their obsessively war-like and conqueror ways and instead, most became bounty hunters and mercenaries, selling their skills to various individuals and factions in the galaxy.
This description matches up with what has been said about the villains for months now. While earlier reports indicate that the 'Jedi Hunters' will be wearing black and silver armor reminiscent of the original trilogy Stormtroopers, Latino Review is unable to confirm if this description still fits the Mandalorians, or if the black and silver soldiers are actually a new breed of Imperial Stormtroopers.
Latino Review does go onto confirm that a Sith Witch, or Witches, will figure prominently in the storyline, though its not yet known if they hail from Darth Maul's home planet Dathomir. The characters could be loosely based on the Nightsisters of Dathomir, but as Star Wars: Episode VII is not relying on any expanded Universe storylines or characters, its possible that concepts and background details revolving around this particular set of villains is being changed or slightly altered to fit this new saga's overall arc.
The Nightsisters were a sect of the Witches of Dathomir who embraced the usage of dark arts within their Force-driven Magicks. The Nightsisters were originally members of other witch clans who began to utilize the dark side in defiance of the light-sided orthodoxy found in the Book of Law-the governing holy text of the Dathomiri. These witches adopted a shamanistic culture that rejected the notion of "good" and "evil", and instead chose to call upon the twin energies of the Winged Goddess and the Fanged God in order to utilize their Magicks and communicate with the spirit realm. They focused extensively on the art of casting Force illusions through "illusion spells." Witches found guilty of practicing these heretical techniques were banished into Dathomir's wilderness and left for dead. However, in the final decades of the Galactic Republic's reign, the exiled witch Gethzerion used her superior powers to unite the wandering outcasts into a new clan-the Nightsisters.
Asajj Ventress is the most infamous of the Nightsisters, a character that featured heavily in the ongoing saga of Star Wars: Clone Wars. This has lead to many speculating that Asajj will appear in the movie. Of course, none of the above is stated as fact, with Disney and Lucasfilm refusing to comment on these latest story details.
What do you think? Do you want to see Asajj rise in Star Wars: Episode VII? Will seeing new characters wearing the iconic Mandalorian armor of Jango and Boba Fett get you excited for this J.J. Abrams installment of the franchise? Or do you simply wish Rian Johnson was directing all three installments of this new trilogy?