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Now, when it comes to the swirling galaxy of rumors that currently surrounds Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, it's been pretty tricky to keep track of just what we're reportedly set to see in the upcoming pants-wettingly-exciting movie.

There have, after all, been so many rumors - often conflicting ones - that even beginning to pull them together into a coherent idea of what we'll see is a pretty darned monumental task - especially since we have no way of knowing if any of them are even true.

Except, of course, for that fact that...

J.J. Abrams Totally Just Confirmed That Some of the Star Wars Episode VII Rumors are True

That's right - while speaking at the Irish Oscar Wilde awards in Los Angeles, Abrams, Abrams revealed to the BBC that some of the widely-circulating rumors regarding the film's plot are indeed true. The only problem? He didn't specify which ones...

"There are a ton of rumours - some true, some false. But I'm grateful for everyone who would want to read a spoiler because it means that they care and want to see the movie...I know what it feels like, as an enormous Star Wars fan myself."

And, so, because that level of complete and utter uncertainty is inevitably going to lead to a major disturbance in the force (of will it takes to patiently wait until December 18 arrives), here are Moviepilot's best guesses as to just which rumors J.J. is implying are true, and which ones are way, way out there.

So, we reckon...

We WILL See: Luke, Han and Leia's Kid(s)

Or, at least, some variation on that particular theme. With all the rumors flying around about how Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver or Domnhall Gleeson are set to be the progeny of one of our original trio of heroes, it seems pretty likely that at least one of them will turn out to be the real deal.

My money's on Gleeson as Luke's son, and then a toss up between Ridley as a runaway daughter or Driver as a tearaway son.

We WON'T See: Luke Turn to the Dark Side

Or at least, if we do, it'll be either a trick, or extremely temporary. After all, no amount of rumor-mongering can turn be away from my childhood faith in Luke Skywalker's ability to triumph over the dark side.

Would J.J. Abrams really risk the wrath of millions of Star Wars fans by turning Luke into a new Vader? It seems unlikely...

We WILL See: Daisy Ridley and John Boyega Team Up

Now, in fairness, this one's becoming less and less like a rumor, and more and more like a glaringly obvious plot point - but even so, the relationship between Ridley and Boyega's 'Rey' and 'Finn' looks set to be one of Episode VII's most important - and perhaps the central narrative of the entire movie.

Could we have met our new Luke and Leia? But, y'know, with less of the inadvertently incest-y undertones...

We WON'T See: Domnhall Gleeson, Adam Driver and Oscar Isaac Play Villains

Now, odds are we will see at least one of these three turn to (or arrive on) the Dark Side - but all three, as has been rumored? It seems seriously unlikely.

After all, there's only so much space in any Star Wars movie for fallen heroes - so at least one of these three is likely to be taking up a more conventionally heroic role. I'm guessing we'll see Gleeson wind up pretty darned heroic (by the end of the trilogy at least), while watching Oscar Isaac turn to the dark side.

Meanwhile, a whole lot of rumors have suggested Driver is set to play an aspiring Sith, but I just can't quite imagine Abrams casting as expert a quip-deliverer as Driver without giving him a vaguely Han Solo-esque role. A true anti-hero, perhaps?

We WILL See: Darth Vader Return

Though almost certainly not in the actual (robotic) flesh.

Instead, odds are - if only because of the sheer weight of rumor suggesting it - we'll see a flashback, or some sort of vision, of the deceased Sith-Lord.

Some sort of troubling dream for Luke or Leia, perhaps - or even a character who later turns out to be Vader's grandchild?

We WON'T See: Han Solo Die

Now, the rumors about this one have been pretty strong, but it still seems a tough sell to get OK'ed by anyone involved in the production whose name doesn't rhyme with Garrison Kord.

Sure, Ford may be getting on in years, but the idea of bringing Han Solo back, only to kill him off straight away, might just be too much for most fans to bear.

And, by most fans, I mean me. Don't do it, J.J!

What do you reckon, though? Which Episode VII rumors do you think are accurate? And just what do you think we'll see happen on screen come December 18?



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