The hunt continues for new [Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](tag:711158) information! Every week there's a tiny snippet, be it a hint from J.J. Abrams, a leaked picture, or official art. All of these puzzle pieces form a larger picture that, if you're playing close attention, gives us a decent idea of what to expect from the film. Beware of rumours though: there's a lot of fake synopses and script leaks out there, along with numerous reports of the plot that supposedly originated from the set of Star Wars 7. But fear not! We've got the relevant info for all your Star Wars 7 needs.
New Footage, New Theories
The hot topic this week is the possibility that ex-Stormtrooper Finn is actually a Jedi. This idea was stirred up by some new footage. Despite being only seconds long, this trailer contains a wealth of information. Check it out!
We've already talked about what the glimpse of the First Order could mean. Rey's appearance seems pretty straightforward: she's in a forest as she looks up at the sky in concern. This seems to imply they're under attack, which feeds into theories that after initially finding solace on Maz Kanata's forest planet, the gang will have to flee quickly when TIE fighters attack (read more about that here).
But Finn's appearance is far more mysterious: he wields a blue lightsaber as he faces down Kylo Ren. So is Finn a Jedi? This is an understandable conclusion to jump to, as the iconic lightsaber is the weapon of the Jedi, and in the films only Jedi have been seen to use them.
Before we think about what Jedi Finn might mean, let's examine what we know so far.
Who even is Finn, anyway?
We know that Finn was a Stormtrooper, as the trailers revealed. But his age means that he must have enlisted after the Battle of Endor, the conclusion of the original trilogy. Star Wars 7 is set 30 years after this battle, so unless Finn was a child prodigy, or he's immortal, he couldn't have been part of the war.
This is very interesting: up until this point we've thought that the Stormtroopers were just left over from the Empire's forces. Finn's age proves that the vestiges of the Empire are alive and well and recruiting more soldiers into their army. All of this paints The First Order as a very intriguing foe (as I've already discussed), and Finn will surely give us insight into their side of the story. Stormtroopers are no longer empty suits to beat up: they're real people with real struggles and dilemmas. And if Finn's anything to go by, they can be redeemed.
Why Finn decided to switch sides is still unknown, but the trailers have clearly shown him teaming up with Rey, before running from pursuing TIE fighters.
This implies that The First Order aren't too happy with Finn defecting, and in fact a leaked photo has revealed The General and Captain Phasma examining a report about Finn. Later, Finn has been spotted chilling in the Millennium Falcon with Rey and Han Solo, and it's probable they're on route to see Maz Kanata. (Old buddy of Han's, very good with advice, apparently totally OK with renegades hanging out at her bar despite being chased by a ruthless army.)
So far so good. This is pretty much all we know about Finn, or it was until this footage of him gearing up for an epic lightsaber duel was revealed.
OK, so here's the crux of the matter, but it's not quite as simple as you'd expect. Let's break down the possibilities...
- Finn was a secret Jedi all along! Unbeknownst to his First Order masters, Finn was actually a spy for Luke Skywalker and/or the New Jedi Order.
- Finn's in training to become a Jedi. Maybe he and Rey were successful in their quest to find "the most powerful warrior in the galaxy" (aka Luke Skywalker?), and Finn has started training to become a new Jedi warrior.
- Finn ISN'T a Jedi! After all, anyone can pick up a lightsaber and wave it around. The fact that he's going up against Kylo Ren implies he at least has some training with the weapon, but that doesn't mean he's Force Sensitive, let alone a fully fledged Jedi Knight.
And then there's the lightsaber itself - it's been rumoured that part of the story of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a quest to deliver a legendary lightsaber to... someone (probably Leia, Han, and/or Luke). Could this be the saber Finn wields?
And what's Rey's role in all of this? She's been long suspected to be the daughter of either Han and Leia or Luke, so is she Force Sensitive? Will Finn and Rey be trained by Luke Skywalker to become Jedi?
The questions are endless, and ultimately will only be answered in December when Star Wars 7 is finally released. Until then, let us know what you think of these theories in the comments, or you could write your own post!