There's been a lot of speculation around Star Wars Episode 7. Who are all these new characters? Who are some of the cast members? Who is Daisy Ridley and who is she playing? What sort of conflict will there be? What is up with that new light saber? Who is our villain?
Well, I only want to answer that last one (if you couldn't tell from the title). Who is gonna be our villain?
Now, I can't honestly answer any of those questions or any others regarding the villain that you can come up with. Unless it directly relates to my thought process, then I've got the answers for you. Otherwise, I apologize in advance (yes, this is a disclaimer).
I have 5, count 'em, 5 actors who I think would make for a good villain. Now, this doesn't have much backing in any rumors or anything. If it seems like this article does, that's just a coincidence.
1. Mark Hamill
Okay, you're right. That concept art looks very Jedi. And Anakin also went to the dark side already. Why would they do that again? Also, if that was the plan, wouldn't he have become a Sith lord in the movies? This one is a bit of a long shot. It's not impossible, just highly improbable.
But, here's what I'm saying. He's not a Sith lord at all. He's still a Jedi. Only, he's stuck in his old ways. He's mostly a self-taught Jedi. He did have training from Yoda, but at the end of Return of the Jedi, Yoda's dead. Luke is the only Jedi left, however not the only force sensitive being. Kind of like Yoda and Obi-Wan were before.
Luke only learned briefly from both of them. Unlike other Jedi masters and padawans, Luke wasn't exposed to many different views on the force. When our protagonists come along in Star Wars 7, they could argue with Luke constantly, to the point that Luke becomes somewhat of a villain. Kind of like Gally from Maze Runner. Not a bad guy, just pushed into being a villain.
2. Gwendoline Christie
I don't know much about her character in [Game of Thrones](movie:817617), but from what IMDb tells me, I can infer she's one tough character who's pretty capable with a sword (if I'm wrong, let me know in the comments).
One thing I found interesting is that she's 6'3''. She is one tall lady. And not that being tall has any indication of evilness or lack thereof, but I think that would make her a pretty imposing villain.
Being that Christie already has skills with a sword, a lightsaber isn't too far off. Another point is that the lightsaber in question is considerably long, longer than most. Christie's height could have an indication into the long lightsaber.
Now, before you tell me that Darth Vader was played by David Prowse who is 6'5" and his lightsaber is a normal length, I've already thought about that.
Darth Vader knew how to make a lightsaber. He was a padawan who was trained by Obi-Wan and eventually Emperor Palpatine. He knew what he was doing. Gwendoline Christie did not. As a result, her lightsaber - if this is actually her that is - is poorly built. Just look at the jagged edges of light coming from the hilt. That's a poor job. So, she learned she was force sensitive and decided to make herself a lightsaber. And resulted in the one we see in the Star Wars Episode 7 trailer.
3. Domhnall Gleeson
Well for one, gingers have no soul. Okay, I'm just kidding. Mostly.
Honestly, I have no idea what sort of villain he could play, or why he would be the villain. I've just always been excited that he's been a part of the series since day one. He was Bill Weasley. He was in About Time. And Unbroken. He has shown many times that he can act as many different character types.
So, I mean, why not? There's no information or rumors (that I know of) pertaining to his character as of yet.
Yes, he wasn't featured in the trailer for [Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](movie:711158), so how are we to know he's that important? Well, may I point out that the only image of our villain is from behind. We actually have no idea what he (or she) looks like. Who's to say it's not him?
4. Andy Serkis
Andy Serkis has proven time and time again that he can play any character. Even an ape or a deformed, almost bald hobbit with only nine teeth left.
And his vocal range is impressive. He does the voice over for the trailer of Star Wars: Episode 7, but that doesn't mean his character is some all knowing old guy who talks about an awakening. He could literally be any character. And possibly multiple characters if need be.
Andy Serkis could be the guy under the hood. Or he could be some bigger evil we're not even aware is present. Kind of like Chancellor Palpatine. I know, that's been done before. But if J.J. Abrams is smart enough, he could get it to work.
5. Daisy Ridley
I know what you're thinking.
Really? The one on the speeder? But they have the trio. The trio of good people. In each trilogy. First Luke, Han, Leia. Then Annakin, Obi-Wan, Padme. Now Daisy's Rey, Oscar Isaac's Poe, John Boyega's Finn.
And you'd be right. About the other movies, that is. For this version, we have no confirmation. And with the concept art above, it's easy to see her being a villain. Or at least leaning towards the dark side of the force. She is completely stoic as the Sith lord grabs her from behind. She's not scared or comfortable. She's just kind of there.
Now, I don't want to believe that she'd be the villain either. Why I couldn't tell you, I just don't. So here's what I want to see. She's more like an apprentice at the time of the first film.
But why is she on the speeder? Why does she interact with Boyega's character and Isaac's character?
I propose that she is undercover, to an extent. The force essentially died with Yoda and Emperor Palpatine. Luke and Leia were still force sensitive, but it was just them. The Sith was gone and the Jedi consisted of one person. So Rey (Ridley) must hide her true identity until her master decides it's time for the dark side to come into the universe. She's working with the two others throughout the film and, like any bad guy exposed to the good too long, converts.
Maybe she meets Luke and he senses the dark side within her, but he also senses light. He gives her the option to learn under him, possibly as some sort of redemption for his family's shortcomings in the force. She accepts because of the goodness she was exposed to from both Isaac and Boyega. However, throughout the trilogy, she struggles because of the darkness within her. She becomes the embodiment of both darkness and light as time goes on because she feels both are necessary. And she is not herself without both.
Honestly, I would like to see any of these actors as the villain. Is it gonna happen? Maybe. Am I spot on with any of these ideas about Star Wars Episode 7? Probably not. But I'm gonna let you decide.