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Another day, another possible spoiler springs forth from the leaky exhaust valve that is the [Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](movie:711158) juggernaut. This time around the rumor isn't about some major event or singular occurrence in the film, this time Star Wars 7 News and Making Star Wars think they might have the entire opening sequence of Episode 7 on their hands.
A while back, when those first massive spoilers found their way to reddit, included was some warnings that in February we'd be seeing some agents of misinformation begin to put out false rumors to throw people off track. This may be what's happening these days or maybe there's just one or two things that have gotten mixed up in this game of telephone. It's difficult to say, but this time around there are some pieces to this rumor that just don't add up.
A New Rumor Awakens
According to SW7N and MSW, the opening of the movie will indeed feature the image of Luke's lightsaber as we've been hearing for a while now. But the lightsaber will find its way into the hands of a savannah village farmer, who accidentally starts a fire when he activates it, who then brings it to someone named The Vicar (possibly Max von Sydow's character, probably not), who then contacts someone from the Republic who send over Oscar Isaac's Poe Dameron to check this thing out.
It turns out this description puts the ball droid BB-8 as being Poe's droid companion as the rumor says Poe finds out the Empire intercepted his message and is about to pounce so he hides the lightsaber in BB-8 who is able to escape before Stormtroopers capture Poe.
Apparently these Stormtroopers are led by Kylo Renn (or Kylo Ren, there doesn't seem to be too much consistency in the last name these days) and one of them is, of course, John Boyega's Finn. The Stormtroopers decimate the village but Finn allows some friends of his to escape and for disobeying orders he ends up being put into the same lock-up as Poe. The two escape on a Tie Fighter and end up crash landing on Tatooine (presumably) where the rest of the adventure begins.
Return of the Junk Rumor?
So, what doesn't add up here? Where to begin? While Luke's lightsaber seems practically guaranteed to get things started in Episode 7, this new rumor has it being found on some savannah-like planet where BB-8 gets sent off to run away with the lightsaber and hide it from the Empire. So how does BB-8 get the lightsaber to Tatooine?
Max von Sydow's character is presumably on Tatooine with Kira/Rey, hanging out in that downed AT-AT. So the chances of him being the one on this savannah planet doesn't make much sense either. It's long been rumored that he is a collector of Jedi artifacts and very knowledgeable - enough to know the importance of Luke's lightsaber. It's also been thought that the BB-8 is Kira/Rey's droid - I mean, does the thing look like it would be the droid that ends up with a Squadron Leader like Poe?
The Plot Leaks Strike Back
And speaking of Squadron Leaders, Adam Driver's Kylo Ren has been rumored to be one of these as well. With his character even being caught wearing the uniform. Kylo Ren's story is supposedly set up as the inverse of Finn's, with Ren being drawn to the dark side as Finn is being pulled towards that of the Jedi. Driver's character is said to be the Red Squadron leader while Isaac's character is the Blue Squadron leader. This new rumor has Kylo Ren leading Stormtroopers from the very beginning which goes against a lot of what has come before.
This rumored opening sequence feels like a bit of a mishmash of other, truer plot leaks. Gwendoline Christie has pretty much always been the leader of the Stormtroopers and Episode 7's Inquisitors in the previous rumors. As has Luke's lightsaber being located on Tatooine (which just makes thematic sense, honestly). And the Stormtroopers taking out a village of people sounds a lot like the rumored scene how Finn ends up being a Stormtrooper when he is basically kidnapped after his friends and family are killed.
One piece from this new rumor that does sound about right is Finn and Poe escaping and crash landing in that Tie Fighter and it's another bit of rumor that is backed up by some concept art. You know what they say about telling a good misleading story - add just a little bit of truth to it.
Of course no one can be truly sure about any of this but if you've been tracking these [Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](movie:711158) rumors and trying to suss out what is true and what is trying to lead you away from the truth - I'd have to say that this one sounds a lot like misinformation to me. What do you think?