It's been quite a day for Star Wars: Episode VII news, with rumors of a return to the infamous Mos Eisley Cantina and images from what could be the first leaked footage. New details have emerged from Badass Digest which shed light on the characters being played by Daisy Ridley and Max von Sydow.
While the name of Max von Sydow's character has yet to be revealed, the actor is rumored to be playing a key role that helps propel the story forward. We reported in July that the movie starts out with Daisy Ridley and John Boyega's characters discovering a severed hand with a light saber attached to it, which they come to learn belongs to Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill). This discovery sets them off on their journey to find Luke, where they eventually run into Han Solo (Harrison Ford).
Today's details reveal that it isn't these characters who discover the light saber, but rather a "blue alien guy" who brings the Jedi relic to a salvage yard where Daisy Ridley's character, reportedly named Kira, is hanging out with Max von Sydow. The actor is playing an older "cyborg dude" who may possibly be suffering from dementia, but he immediately recognizes the light saber and references characters from the Star Wars prequel trilogy. After both Kira and the alien leave, this old cyborg makes a call to someone, saying simply, "It's here." Who could he be talking to? That information has not been revealed yet.
Speaking of Kira, this main character reportedly lives in an abandoned AT-AT which has been tipped over on its side. While we have only seen the AT-AT's on a snow world, they could easily be utilized on the desert planet that Star Wars: Episode VII opens on.
Last month, a number of aerial photos showed X-Wing ships and the Millennium Falcon on the Greenham Commons Air Force Base set. As it turns out, that set is actually a familiar location, the Massassi Temple on Yavin IV from Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope.
Finally, there are reportedly pieces of concept artwork that show Chewbacca with a cybernetic hand, after losing his real hand in battle sometime after Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi. It isn't known if this will be shown in the final film, since there are also other concept images that show Chewie with two fully-functioning hands, but the report from earlier today revealed that Chewbacca's arm is bandaged and wrapped in a sling.
What do you think of this new information? Stay tuned for more details as production continues on Star Wars: Episode VII.