The internet practically imploded on Friday with all the new rumors and leaked images from Disney and LucasFilm's Star Wars: Episode 7. Most of what we learned came from the site Indie Revolver. There's still been no confirmation from the powers-that-be on any of them, but multiple sources seem to be corroborating the same information. The leading theory is that layoffs on the production may be the cause of the sudden flood of what seems to be legitimate plot details and production photos.
To start, on Thursday Indie Revolver shared the two images below, claiming they are the new Stormtrooper and Snowtrooper designs for Star Wars: Episode VII. Indie Revolver gives no information where or how they got a hold of these images. It's a great redesign on the the Original Trilogy design, with a lot of influences from the original Ralph McQuarrie concept art for Star Wars.
The new Stormtrooper helmet above matches up with a sketch posted on Instagram days earlier by artist Tom Hodges (who's past work includes Star Wars webcomics and Star Wars Insider Magazine). Hodges claimed to have seen the helmet, saying, "It's not much, but it's enough. Don't ask how I've seen it, I just have."
Another helmet image then leaked out on Friday, this time from a user on The Replica Prop Forum, who claimed it was from an "insider friend," seeming to support the images released by Indie Revolver the day before.
Latino-Review also confirmed the legitimacy of these photos, saying, "The helmets have that floating nose region and a lot more black across the face. I'm not sure at this point if the nodes on the chin area mean this is a different class of Trooper, but this is the basic design of your generic Stormtrooper, the one we’ll see the most of. We’ve been getting confirmation of this for awhile."
Indie Revolver then posted what they say is Star Wars 7 concept art for Harrison Ford as Han Solo.
Badass Digest posted new information related to Han Solo and Chewbacca, and what they will be flying in at the beginning of Episode VII rather than the Millennium Falcon. They said:
According to my sources Han and Chewie are piloting a Super Star Destroyer. I wasn't 100% sure on this, but the image of Han with Imperial rank sells me.
I believe the Falcon is in the hands of Oscar Isaac's character, who is very much the Lando Calrissian of this movie - all the way down to wearing a cape.
There are other familiar spaceships in this movie, including three variations on TIE Fighters. There's the classic design, the TIE Interceptor and a new generation TIE Bomber - the pods on these are stacked, not side-by-side
Oh, and back to Han - you will get to see him use a lightsaber once again.
Latino-Review posted a wealth of spoilers about plot details, including the reveal of the villains of Star Wars: Episode 7:
Luke’s lightsaber (and maybe hand but probably not) crash lands on a planet leading Daisy Ridley and John Boyega on a search for Luke, which leads them to Han and Chewie, who aren’t in the Millennium Falcon because Oscar Isaacs has it. The party is looking for Luke who has been MIA since Jedi. But Luke isn’t hiding, Luke is a captive.
The Inquisitors are the villains of Star Wars: Episode VII and the name of the main villain in Star Wars: Rebels. They seem to be loosely based on the now-deleted Expanded Universe Inquistors mixed with the hardened Sith look of Rebels' villain. The Inquisitors are defenders of the Sith Order and they’ve been around for a long time. Just how long is what turns Episode 7’s story on it’s head.
When our hero(es) find Luke and the Inquisitors are revealed, Luke’s explanation on the history of this order is going to trigger a flashback to explain that the Inquisitors have been tied into the Sith all along.
Remember when we broke Billie Lourd’s casting (Lourd is the biological daughter of Carrie Fisher)? That’s not so she can play a Solo kid, it’s so she can play a much younger Princess Leia than we’ve ever seen before in this flashback.
The Inquisitors will be seen serving Darth Vader in flashback. Yes, Darth Vader will be on screen, briefly, in Star Wars: Episode 7. We’re not done with the dark prince of the Sith quite yet.
Indie Revolver confirmed Latino-Review's post with actual information on the villain in Episode 7, as well as providing an image.
It’s true that the main villain of Episode VII is a Sith Inquisitor. He’s tall and thin and terrifyingly creepy, with glowing red eyes to match his red lightsaber. He’s got some robotic upgrades, like Vader – but no mask. The cybernetic bits weave in and out of him. He’s got a human upper lip, a steel jaw… and the robotic hand that JJ Abrams posted an image of. As LR mentioned, we’ll see flashbacks in this movie which will show us Princess Leia as a young girl and Vader’s involvement with the Sith during his prime. This inquisitor has a fascination Vader through the movie’s timeline as well though – just look how he stares at Vader’s shattered helmet in this image.
Badass Digest also described the new villain, basically matching up with Indie Revolver's image, and revealing that we've already caught a previous glimpse of him when they said, "There’s a main Inquisitor villain (I don’t know his name) Want to know what he looks like? He wears a black robe. His eyes are deep red. And half of his face is metal. He’s a cyborg. That was his hand in the picture JJ Abrams shared with the note about A Force For Change."
Finally, just some quick hits, Jedi News' sources reveal a Mon Calamari (the aquatic race that Admiral Ackbar from Return of the Jedi hails from) will play a leading role in Episode VII. Plus, the Mon Cal homeworld of Dac will appear on screen.
And Making Star Wars say they've seen concept art of what Daisy Ridley's character will be wearing, at least at the start of Star Wars: Episode VII, which also gives a hint of what role she will play:
The details are very general but the costume gives the idea that this character might be more comfortable in a seedy spaceport than at a gala event.
The artwork shows a slender brunette figure wearing clothing with a grey and brown palette. She wears a dark blue sash at the waist that hangs down at the back and one side at about thigh level. Her shirt arms have a few utilitarian looking straps attached and it covers both midriff and chest completely. She may wear gloves and have “star wars” type wraps on the forearms.
She wears a few pouches and belts.
A lightsaber is clasped in her hand…
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