***UPDATE 7/21/14: Faraci over at Badass Digest just released some more info, this time pertaining to Boyega's character. Better yet, it sounds completely plausible, and pretty awesome. Check it out below.***
Did you feel that?
I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in perplexity and were suddenly silenced.
...because they were too busy tweeting.
It's official, ladies and gentleman, J. J. Abrams' Mystery Box is broken. It was only a matter of time before this information got out. I mean, every mole, spy, overly aggressive journalist in the galaxy is trying to break into Pinewood Studios.
If this is all true, Abrams' is going to be pissed...
As much as I hate to say it, because I'm not sure how this jives with me on a personal level, Devin Faraci over at Badass Digest is pretty reliable when it comes to dropping potential spoilers. And I know for a fact that he's been sitting on potential Episode VII plot information for a while and was reluctant to release it. So, it sounds like he got that confirmation he needed.
***HUGE POTENTIAL PLOT DETAILS FOR STAR WARS EPISODE VII***
**********SERIOUSLY, ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK!**********
Okay, then, want some spoilers?
Hold on to your butts...
Imagine the standard Star Wars crawl, and when it ends the camera pans up to the stars. But instead of a spaceship zooming into frame we see... a hand! A severed hand, tumbling through space. A severed hand gripping a light saber.
That hand falls onto a desert planet, where it is discovered by characters who will be our heroes. One is Daisy Ridley. The other is John Boyega, who is playing someone trying to change his path in life (again, I'm keeping it vague here). They recognize the light saber as a Jedi relic and decide to return it to the proper people.
Their quest takes them off world, and they meet up with Han Solo and Chewbacca, who aren't flying around in the Millenium Falcon anymore but are piloting... well, that could be a spoiler. I'll leave it. Anyway, Han and Chewie recognize the light saber as Luke's, and they say they haven't seen their friend in thirty years, since the events of Return of the Jedi.
So begins a quest to find the missing Jedi Master. Meanwhile, on an ice planet, nefarious forces are building a super weapon, one capable of destroying not planets but entire solar systems...
I think it's safe to say, my mind is officially-
...but not necessarily in a good way.
Granted, Faraci stated that he was excising many more spoilerific details of the plot and trying to keep the synopsis as broad as possible. He also went on to say one should assume everything is as obvious as it seems on the surface. Such as the planets in question necessarily being Tatooine and Hoth. Lastly, he says he's heard very good things about the action and John Boyega's character, in specific.
Now, let's break it all down.
THE HANDS OF FATE
A severed hand, tumbling through space. A severed hand gripping a light saber... Han and Chewie recognize the light saber as Luke's.
I have a lot of problems with this. Is this Luke's hand he lost from The Empire Strikes Back? Then how did it survive falling to Bespin's core; better yet, how did someone retrieve it?
If it isn't that hand, are you saying he lost BOTH hands? Guy's gotta find a new line of work. Like, on an Austin Powers film. If it is his mechanical hand, that's fine, but you still have the problem of it being found on the desert planet...
...after falling through orbit.
That hand falls onto a desert planet, where it is discovered by characters who will be our heroes.
It would burn up in the atmosphere. I find this to be both highly questionable and highly absurd. Again, Faraci is pretty reliable, so I don't doubt he believes this is true and that he checked his sources. Maybe this script comes via "Kevin Smith?"
...or maybe those metal hands are built Ford tough?
Also! It just happens to float through space to an inhabited planet where two young individuals are ready for a life changing event to fall out of the sky into their laps and inspire them to save the galaxy? Where's C3PO to chime in on the odds when you need him? Because this is some-
...my head hurts.
Maybe someone put it in orbit on purpose. Oh, dear, that's even worse.
A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE
That hand falls onto a desert planet.
Meanwhile, on an ice planet, nefarious forces are building a super weapon.
It's easy to assume this is Tatooine and Hoth, but it's important to remember Faraci's statement that,
"Things that seem familiar may not be as familiar as you think - don't assume that every ice or desert planet in the galaxy has already been visited, if you know what I'm saying."
Not to mention previous leaks regarding the desert planet seemed to hint at a planet that sounded very different from how we remember Tatooine.
A “whole world” having been built on an otherworldly salt lake at one location, a “shuttle-like” spacecraft, a large tower, a “big, centuries-old-looking market”, something the crew are reportedly referring to as the “alien house”
The crew had several large white bags of rusted and bent metal parts, which are to be strewn in the desert, possibly to show a spacecraft crash or perhaps a post-apocalyptic civilization.
Plus, regarding the ice planet, how naive would it be for the Empire - I'm assuming our nefarious antagonists are aligned with them - to utilize an old Rebel base on Hoth to build their most highly classified and sensitive project yet?
THE HERO'S JOURNEY
It is discovered by characters who will be our heroes. One is Daisy Ridley. The other is John Boyega, who is playing someone trying to change his path in life (again, I'm keeping it vague here). They recognize the light saber as a Jedi relic and decide to return it to the proper people.
Their quest takes them off world.
It sounds very much like Daisy Ridley will be our Luke analogue and John Boyega our Han Solo, after all. I suppose this rules out Daisy being the daughter of Han and Leia, which is surprising, she actually looked like she could be their kid.
Boyega is trying to change his path in life? Is he a scoundrel, a smuggler, a stormtrooper, a bounty hunter, a Sith? Everything we've heard points to him being the main character of the film, so one would assume it is his arc that takes him from zero to hero, along the hero's journey - a narrative arc I wish more films would steer clear of, but Star Wars did do it best.
Honestly, he could be anything, but with the action beats largely seeming to surround his character, I'm guessing it's someone with violence / combat on his resume.
UPDATE: If true, it looks as though Boyega is playing an AWOL stormtrooper; which is great for several reasons. One, it introduces a new dynamic to the team: a former foe seeking redemption from his past. Two, it resolves that whole "Are they all clones?" hubbub that people still seem to be confused about. Thanks, Badass Digest, because this info is just that! Bad ass! ...and digestible, I suppose.
Here's hoping he didn't learn to shoot at the Imperial Academy.
Nefarious forces are building a super weapon, one capable of destroying not planets but entire solar systems...
I know what you're thinking. That's it? 30 years after the rebels blew up the Death Star AGAIN and the best idea they can come up with is...
"MORE! BIGGER EXPLOSIONS!"
I know, it all sounds very Michael Bay-ish at first glance. Then again, remember this bit:
Meanwhile, on an ice planet...
This isn't another Death Star. It isn't going to be the size of a moon. I believe this new Empire has lost a lot of its flair for the ostentatious in the absence of Emperor Prune Face. No, this is something much smaller, not a space station, maybe not even a ship. A device, something small, something that can be hidden, something unexpected.
And that, I believe, will be one of the main running themes of the film. Taking the expected, and twisting it. After all, Abrams hasn't changed that much.
...I'm still calling it D3ATH STAR.
They meet up with Han Solo and Chewbacca, who aren't flying around in the Millenium Falcon anymore but are piloting... well, that could be a spoiler.
Well, it sounds like Leia got the Falcon in the divorce...
I couldn't resist. Anyhow, it sounds like Han Solo and Chewie are either destitute and have turned in from their high-flying days, or they're both Admirals in the Alliance.
If it's the former, I bet they're flying a junk-heap freighter that sounds a lot like the Falcon but won't be running any races in record units of distance.
...or they're flying a refurbished Star Destroyer. That would be epic.
Star Wars 7: The Search for Luke
Han and Chewie recognize the light saber as Luke's, and they say they haven't seen their friend in thirty years, since the events of Return of the Jedi.
I'd show you his hands, but it seems he hasn't got any...
Thirty years? I can't help but think everything wasn't hunky-dory post-Battle of Endor. This is would explain why the EU had to be jettisoned. Because the vision Kennedy, Abrams, and Kasdan had for Star Wars was one that was far darker, and left far more potential for a continuing crisis and drama than was allowed by the ongoing literature.
The question now: is Luke dead? Is he in hiding? Did he go full-hermit? And how does he open doors, hold bowls, and drive to the local Watto-Mart without hands?
...oh, right. The Force.
A New Hope
So begins a quest to find the missing Jedi Master.
All in all this sounds like a very simple, straightforward premise, but that's exactly what Star Wars: A New Hope was, and it's a classic. Episode VII doesn't need an overly complex narrative, especially to establish this new background, conflict, and cast.
This will ultimately be a character piece in which the torch of this saga is handed-off to a new generation, and a fetch-quest / hero's journey as is presented here could certainly facilitate that.
I'm not sure if I buy into this potential plot line being genuine, but I trust the guys over at Badass Digest to check their sources, and this certainly sounds more believable than a lot of what we've heard thus far.
One thing's for sure, true or not, atmospheric reentry hands, overcompensating super weapons and all, I can't wait to find out; because it's going to be one Hell of a ride.
Star Wars Episode VII releases on December 18th, 2015.
Source: Badass Digest