While inklings of costume descriptions, plot details, and even the names of four new characters have been revealed so far, very little can be said about the rest of the [Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](movie:711158) cast. From Pip Andersen to Lupita Nyong'o, almost all of the new cast members' roles have been tightly under wraps - but today, MakingStarWars blew the lid off of a big one.
A few months back, a rumor began to circulate about Domhnall Gleeson, one of the newcomers to the cast: some describing him as a double agent, with some speculators outright claiming that he is the son of Luke Skywalker.
If you were one or both of those people, get ready for a gold star - because you may be completely right. If MakingStarWars' report is correct, Gleeson will be playing the son of Luke Skywalker, who works as a double agent for both the Empire and the New Republic. Gleeson's mission is to destroy two super-weapons before both sides unleash their fury. Jump down for more potential spoilers!
Something is going on with this story because in the last week I’ve heard Domhnall Gleeson is Luke Skywalker’s son four times. Four times. Four different sources, three really trusted and one new but apparently on the money for most things. Four different spheres of development without much chance of overlap between the sources. So either Gleeson is the son of Skywalker in The Force Awakens or someone prominent in the production is spreading misinformation (which I doubt).
But wait, there's more!
Not only will we apparently see Gleeson taking on the Skywalker name - fans will also see him playing an intergalactic double agent, playing both sides of the latest war in order to destroy terrifying super-weapons being built by the Empire and the New Republic.
I factually know that Gleeson is an Imperial in the film tasked with sending Chrome Stormtroopers after Finn... He reports to the villains in the film and even helps them hunt Finn.
Apparently, Gleeson’s character is playing both sides to disarm the galaxy of its super weapons held by both sides which “should not be allowed to exist according to his internal moral compass.” But it appears he might do some bad things in the name of the greater good over the course of the film. I’ve wondered if this is an extrapolation of Lawrence Kasdan’s idea that Luke Skywalker would turn “evil” in Return of the Jedi and use one Death Star to destroy the others and Coruscant, killing the Emperor and the heads of the Empire.
If there's one thing the Skywalker family is used to, it's leading covert operations. Luke led the attack on Jabba's barge, where basically everyone but him was a double agent; Padme led countless strike missions in the prequels, just like Leia; and during [Star Wars: The Clone Wars](series:200641), Anakin Skywalker was no stranger to these types of adventures.
Personally, I would be completely cool with this. Luke's son having an ace up his sleeve before the start of the movie, and heading off on his own journey, sounds incredible. While rumors have been flying about Daisy Ridley's Rey being the daughter of Han Solo and Princess Leia, little has been said about whether or not Luke had children of his own.
My suspicions, of course, started back when Mark Hamill mentioned that the movie was "about our offspring" in an interview. At first, I thought I was reading into this too deeply, but now I'm starting to think my hunch was true.
If Gleeson is the son of Skywalker, his mother hasn't been spoken about at all. Granted, Gleeson is a tall, red-headed guy, and he's allegedly playing a character that knows how to game both sides of the war. Sound familiar?
The Expanded Universe, where beloved double-crosser-gone-Jedi-Knight Mara Jade Skywalker exists, has been canned and turned into Legends. According to Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy, creators can borrow elements from the Expanded Universe for their stories. We've already seen this happen quite a lot with [Star Wars Rebels](series:965946), and we're likely to see familiar ideas in the films, too.
With all that said, I'm holding out hope for a tiny nod to one of the most beloved characters of the EU, even though no one like her is on the cast for this film. We may not get Mara Jade on screen in the sequel trilogy, but I hope we have a character (or description of one) similar to her. I wouldn't call Gleeson's character a 'Ben Skywalker' type, from what the rumors have said, but I'm excited to see how his role unfolds. Anything can happen - so a fangirl will continue to dream.