WARNING: THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE POTENTIALLY CONTAINS HUGE, AND I MEAN HUGE SPOILERS FOR STAR WARS EPISODE VII
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Now, if you're anything like me, you're absolutely dying for some solid Star Wars: Episode VII info, and ladies and gentlemen we may have just hit the jackpot. MakingStarWars.net just broke a scoop earlier today citing sources within Pinewood Studios who claim to have seen who the new villains will be in [Star Wars: Episode VII](movie:711158), and I've gotta say it sounds like something far beyond what anyone has predicted thus far.
If this information is accurate this could corroborate many of the past stories to have allegedly leaked out of the Lucasfilm camp over the last several months. Stories claiming to explain why our heroes are in hiding, why a New Republic was never formed, why the war isn't over, what happened to the Sith, and how a new evil could ever possibly trump Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine in our minds.
So, who are these new villains? Why, they're the Jedi Hunters, of course.
Yes, you heard me, hunters as in plural. Here's what they had to say at MSW:
"The bad guys in Star Wars: Episode VII are being called “Jedi Hunters” by people working on and around the film. These are scary individuals, dressed in black, some helmeted, that hunt Jedi for the Empire. These hunters use lightsabers. They all said the premise of the Inquisitor from Star Wars Rebels sounds identical to what is in the film itself. One said they had the impression the Jedi were fighting this group for a very long time."
That does sound a lot like the Inquisitor from the upcoming - and canon - animated series.
"Another source says Lupita Nyong’o, Adam Driver, and David Oyelowo are making up the cast of villains in the film and they’re “Jedi Hunters.” They also said Lupita might wear “yellow contact lenses” in the film as she was seen trying them out and walking around with them."
This would certainly tie in with recent claims that Nyong'o and Driver would be playing villains, but Oyelowo is certainly a new entry on the list; granted, he was rumored to be attached to Star Wars: Rebels and to have auditioned for Episode VII. Maybe he got the part, and maybe his character will crossover both features? Inquisitor, anyone?
Also, does this mean no grandchildren for Obi-Wan? Sorry, mate.
"The villains are said to be characterized by black and chrome with troopers in similar black and chrome uniforms. They’re very imperial, but very new."
Always good to see stormtroopers, or some new iteration of them. The black and chrome makes me wonder if we will be getting closer to something out of the Old Republic era? Perhaps Sith troopers much like what we had in Knights of the Old Republic?
"Supposedly the “Jedi Hunters” or Inquisitors (from the sound of things) are the reason there is no New Republic after Return of the Jedi. That’s right, they’re saying there is no New Republic. Luke Skywalker has been fighting to stop this for the last thirty years of his life, but he is outnumbered, tired, and in need of help."
Well, that would certainly explain why the New Republic was never formed, the war never ended, and why Abrams and crew had to take a Death Star laser to the Expanded Universe. This completely changes the game, and creates a Star Wars universe that is far darker, far more dangerous, and in my opinion: far more compelling with long term potential!
"Source #2 claims to have been on set for a sequence in which we learn the Jedi Hunters worship the Sith and want to resurrect them. Their mandate was to protect the Sith at all costs and insure (sic) their survival. The bad guys have a goal: The resurrection of the Sith and it “sounds like it happens in the next film” meaning Episode VIII and “I guess they kill him (said resurrected Sith) in IX.”
Speaking of long term potential, an overarching story line of stopping the resurrection of the Sith species (which fails with a Max von Sydow-voiced/ Andy Serkis mo-capped tank-born Sith rising from the ashes cliffhanger for Ep. 7, perhaps?) could offer up a space opera truly on par with the original saga. As many of you EU fans know the Sith were an actual race, and not just an ideology, and the concept of an army of force sensitive, Jedi-exterminating religious zealots seeking to resurrect a long-dead species is a prospect simultaneously exciting and terrifying.
These are some pretty wild rumors, and little more than hearsay at this point, but I can't help but find these stories more compelling than just about everything else I've heard yet. Why? Because it's wholly original and not reliant on the easy picks for fan-pleasing fabrications, would tie in well with the upcoming Star Wars: Rebels TV show, and offers us long-form narrative potential. Not to mention new action-figure possibilities. It's all about the merchandise, baby.
Lastly, this story easily meshes with past character descriptions we've previously heard: offering us an anti-hero/fallen-hero in the character of Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong'o as a truly deadly villainess, and why our reunion with our favorite rebels will throw us right into the action with a war-torn and weary galaxy. A galaxy in which we can go back to Tatooine and things look even worse than they were last time, as the leaked TMZ photos seemed to indicate.
So, let's recap:
- Lupita Nyong’o, Adam Driver, and David Oyelowo are the villainous Jedi Hunters.
- They are dressed in black, some helmeted, and use lightsabers.
- There will be new stormtrooper equivalents.
- The hunters are very similar to Star Wars: Rebels' Inquisitor.
- There is no New Republic and Luke Skywalker has been fighting to stop the Empire for the last thirty years.
- The hunters worship and seek to resurrect the Sith.
That's a lot chew on, and it may all be bantha poodoo, but...
...search your feelings, you know it to be true.
Let me know in the comments below what you make of all this new information, is some scruffy looking nerfherder trying to pull a fast one on us, or is the Force strong with this one?
[Star Wars: Episode VII](movie:711158) releases in the US on December 18, 2015