There will be massive spoilers regarding Star Wars: Episode VII to follow, so if you don't want to know anything about the story ahead of time, stop reading now. If you just have to know everything you can about director J.J. Abrams' highly-anticipated sequel, then check out the latest details below.
Last month, we reported that the plot will center on John Boyega and Daisy Ridley's characters, who find a severed hand holding a light saber in the desert. They soon find themselves on a quest to find its rightful owner. When they encounter Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew), the old Corellian space pirate reveals that the light saber actually belongs to his old friend Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), who he hasn't seen in 30 years. They all go on a mission to find him.
Today, Latino Review reveals that Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) isn't in hiding, he's being held captive by the sequel's main villains, the Inquisitors, the name of a character that will soon appear in the Star Wars Rebels TV series debuting this fall on Disney XD. These characters appear to be loosely based on the Inquisitors from the Expanded Universe, mixed with the "hardened Sith look" of The Inquisitor from Star Wars Rebels. Our report from July revealed that the light saber has Luke's severed hand attached to it, which "probably" isn't accurate, according to the site. It could be the hand of a completely different character.
When the heroes find Luke, he identifies The Inquisitors as the true villains of the movie. This reportedly triggers a flashback, where it is revealed that The Inquisitors are actually serving Darth Vader, who will briefly appear in these scenes set in the past. We also reported in June that Carrie Fisher's daughter, Billie Lourd, has been cast, and this new report confirms earlier suggestions that she is playing a younger Leia in these same flashback scenes. There have also been reports about villainous bounty hunters and "Sith witches," which the site reveals aren't, "entirely inaccurate."
You may recall a rumor from earlier this month that WWE Superstar Sheamus may be playing Darth Vader in Star Wars: Episode VII, although, at the time, we had never heard anything about Darth Vader's inclusion in this new adventure. Of course, Latino Review's report has not been confirmed by LucasFilm, but it does lend more credence to Sheamus playing the iconic villain. Before his wrestling days, Sheamus actually portrayed Darth Vader during promotional tours for the 1999 prequel Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace.
In related news, Badass Digest has more details about the mysterious photo that director J.J. Abrams released earlier this week. While it was speculated that this may be Luke Skywalker's robotic hand, it is actually said to be the hand of the main Inquisitor villain, a cyborg who wears a black robe, has "deep red eyes" and half of his face is made of metal.
The site also confirms that the /star-wars-episode-vii-stormtrooper-and-snowtrooper-helmets-revealed/Stormtrooper and Snowtrooper helmets revealed earlier today are either the real helmets, or models created by those familiar with the actual helmets. However, while the Snowtroopers' presence hinted that Star Wars: Episode VII may return to the ice planet Hoth from Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back, that is apparently not the case. These Snowtroopers will be present on an "ice and forest planet" compared to the "North of the Wall" region in Game of Thrones, where they are building a superweapon. Concept art of Han Solo that was leaked earlier today do confirm that the movie is heading to an ice planet, whether it be Hoth or someplace else.
A second report from Badass Digest claims that Han Solo and Chewbacca will not be piloting the Millennium Falcon in the movie, since the Falcon is now in the hands of Oscar Isaac's character. While no details have been revealed about Oscar Isaac's role, the site compares him to Billy Dee Williams' Lando Calrissian, revealing that he wears a cape similar to Lando.
The site also says that Han Solo will get to use a light saber once again, and he will be piloting a Super Star Destroyer ship along with Chewie. The sequel will feature a number of familiar ships, including three variations on the TIE Fighter, the original design, the TIE Interceptor and the new TIE Bomber, which has the pods stacked on top of one another, instead of being side-by-side.
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