Not much is known about the storyline of Star Wars: Episode VII. So far, we know that it takes place 30 years after the destruction of the second Death Star as seen in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi. Han Solo (Harrison Ford ) will be one of the central characters, with Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) in supporting roles. But what will the bulk of the main trilogy story arc revolve around?

/are-the-star-wars-episode-vii-villains-jedi-hunters/Last Week, we heard a rumor that the main plot of Star Wars: Episode VII follows three Jedi Hunters played by Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong'o and the voice of David Oyelowo. These villains use lightsabers and are eager to resurrect the Sith. They have been chasing Luke Skywalker for the past 30 years, a Jedi master who has grown tired and weak and needs new blood to help destroy the Hunters and ensure that the Sith never return. That story was later said to be misleading. While Adam Driver and Lupita Nyong'o are strongly believed to be the primary villains, they are not Jedi Hunters, but instead mercenaries. And its believed that David Oyelowo isn't involved at all, but instead is lending his voice to the cartoon series Star Wars Rebels.

The one thing this previous story may have gotten right is the fact that there is no New Republic 30 years after the fall of the Empire in Jedi. A new report from JoBlo claims that the Empire actually hasn't fallen in the wake of the destruction of the second Death Star.

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Star Wars: Episode VII will be darker and rougher than the prequels, set in what looks like a post-apocalyptic landscape utilizing George Lucas's idea of a 'used universe'. The new movies are said to move towards a true end in the war between the Empire and the Rebellion.

Most importantly, this new report claims that the white stormtroopers made iconic by the first three films will still be in active duty when this new trilogy kicks off. This truly hints that the Empire is not dead, and that a new Emperor may be on the hunt for an apprentice.

What do you think of these new story developments? True? False? Maybe we should just wait until the movie is in theaters? Expect no story elements to be confirmed until closer to the release date. Perhaps we'll get an idea the plot is heading in with the first trailer, which should be in theaters maybe even by the end of 2014.

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