BySean Erickson, writer at Creators.co
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Andy Serkis

Little is known about the character that Andy Serkis is playing in [Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](movie:711158). We know that it is his ominous voice in the trailer and that he'll likely be the big bad of the new trilogy. People have been wondering if Star Wars Episode 7 would be creating a new Sith bad guy or, as many have thought, the movie would come up with a character that would directly link this trilogy to all the Star Wars movies that have come before it.

It may very well be the case that Star Wars Episode 7 has found their primary villain in the form of Darth Plagueis. A character that would connect all the trilogies together quite nicely. Having Andy Serkis in an unknown role does of course lead one to believe that he'll be playing a character that is requiring some motion capture work to bring to life. And this certainly adds some support to the Plagueis rumor.

Andy Serkis
Andy Serkis

JJ Abrams and Disney ruffled some feathers when they said they would not be holding onto the expanded Star Wars universe and primarily concerning themselves with the previous movies. But it could be that while they aren't strictly adhering to it, they could be using it for inspiration.

Darth Plagueis

While only having been briefly referenced in Episode 3, Darth Plagueis got fleshed out in one of those expanded universe books that explained that he was a Muun, a tall and slender species that has an unusually long head. This could be what required a mo-cap veteran like Andy Serkis to play the role.

Darth Plagueis
Darth Plagueis

Darth Plagueis might not be the most recognisable of villains for Star Wars Episode 7 to use, but his stature in the Star Wars universe is indeed legendary and makes his character a perfect choice. He was the guy who was the Yoda to Emperor Palpatine's Luke Skywalker. And there is good reason to believe that having Plagueis in this trilogy is what George Lucas had in mind all along by setting up the character in Episode 3 and making him someone who was striving to cheat death.

Darth Revan

The other main candidate is Darth Revan. But this would be a character that is pretty much completely based in expanded universe materials. Also, the timeline for this character would make it quite tricky to try and slip into Episode 7. But he does have a compelling story.

Concept art for Star Wars Episode 7
Concept art for Star Wars Episode 7

Revan has one of those classic Star Wars struggles with both sides of the force. The way that the character gets tempted over to the dark side through his curiosity and interest in Sith legend has generated rumors that Revan may be something of an inspiration for Kylo Ren - the character that Adam Driver is thought to be playing.

Darth Revan
Darth Revan

There are plenty of plot leaks that describe Kylo Ren as a character who starts out as a pilot for the Republic but gets drawn in to becoming an apprentice of Andy Serkis' character through his curiosity about Sith legend and artifacts. Though it is completely possible that all of these rumors could be people using expanded universe materials to make up their own fake Episode 7 plots.

Concept art for Star Wars Episode 7.
Concept art for Star Wars Episode 7.

Making the Vader Connection

The most recent rumor that positions Darth Plagueis as the central Sith bad guy for Star Wars 7 and the new trilogy isn't the best list of spoilers that I've come across but it does raise some interesting possibilities. Having a character with a fascination for the character of Darth Vader is seemingly a done deal as Vader's helmet, much like Luke Skywalker's lightsaber, is set to play a role in the movie.

Concept art for Star Wars Episode 7.
Concept art for Star Wars Episode 7.

I think this is one of the biggest reasons I like the idea of Darth Plagueis as the villain for [Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](movie:711158). He has a connection to Palpatine, which gives him a connection to Darth Vader. He could have been keeping a low profile during the original trilogy but still had his hopes for Darth Vader's success. He is exactly the kind of guy who might have held on to the remnant of Vader's helmet.

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