It's been a hot minute since we've actually heard any good rumors about Star Wars: The Force Awakens, as the Untitled Gareth Edwards Directed Star Wars Spin-Off gears up for production this spring. While it was earlier reported that Disney and Lucasfilm may be courting Michael Fassbender to play Boba Fett in that sci-fi solo adventure for the bounty hunter (not confirmed), we're now hearing that J.J. Abrams may have landed a more sinister presence for his own film, which kick starts a new trilogy. While Jabba the Hutt will have been dead for nearly thirty years at the start of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it looks like other members of the Hutt syndicated crime family will actually be involved in the storyline.

The Hutts are a family of gangster who reside on Tatooine, and they have ties that reach all the way back to Anakin Skywalker, when he was pod racing. Various members of the family have been included in the movies, TV shows and many books that have been written over the years, and now they will be popping up in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, if we're to believe this latest report. According to Latino Review, these particular members of the crime syndicate won't be CGI as they were seen in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace. They are being practically built, just as Jabba the Hutt was for Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi. The site goes onto say that there will be more than one Hutt in the movie, but they are not sure just how many of the slug-like creatures there will be.

The Hutts were supposedly built over a year ago, and may be some of the props said to be re-used in the upcoming spinoffs, as each film is reportedly 'sharing assets' to save money. Since the Hutts don't quite age like the human characters, it makes sense for the same puppets to show up in different time periods. This is all conjecture, or course. About reusing the Hutts in future movies after Star Wars: The Force Awakens, a source said:

"I'm sure their existence could have factored in to them being included, or the expenditure was made because it was all coordinated."

It is not known how the Hutts will play into the story of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. There were earlier reports of concept art that shows Princess Leia meeting with the Hutts. Its speculated that showing how Leia dealt with the Hutts after the death of Jabba will prove what a powerful politician she has become. None of this is based in known fact, mind you. As for how the Hutts will be used in the spinoff, it is rumored that the story will revolve around Han Solo and a group of Space Pirates. Boba Fett is also said to be a character in the plot, and as both Han and Boba have a relationship with Jabba, it doesn't take a lot of deduction skills to see that a Hutt presence in this particular plot is very likely.

B. Alan Orange