Star Wars: The Force Awakens is less than two months away and fans are really starting to lose their s**t. You can't blame them; from all we've seen so far it seems that Abrams has really given the seventh rendition of Star Wars his all, and as a true example of his role as a fan he's kept most of the film's dirty little secrets close to his chest.
We're in the final rundown to Star Wars VII and we barely know anything -- even casting was a mystery until recently. The secrecy really does improve a film you're excited about, and I don't know about you, but I'm very excited.
Some facts have been leaked, others have been ascertained through sleuthing, and... well, there's been a lot of guess work. But now some theories have been built to try and predict the events of the movie.
Some of them are pretty good and rather probable, whereas others are less likely, but it's fun to speculate!
1. Rey is Han and Leia's daughter
We all know the complicated history Star Wars has with family dynamics. With this in mind, and the fact that the original cast are well past their prime, it's logical to assume that they will have a few younglings running around to take center stage in the place of their parents.
We know that our protagonists will be Rey, Finn and Poe; chances are of the three of them at least one will be a child of the original franchise. Rey is as good a choice as any, and as for why she's scavenging -- we simply don't know; she could be in self-appointed exile in order to protect something, or possibly she has no connection to the original cast at all.
Personally I think she could definitely be a meld of Solo and Organa.
2. Kylo Ren is a Skywalker!
Kylo Ren is a Skywalker, it makes perfect sense! No, it makes no sense whatsoever, but hear me out...
The following quote comes courtesy of Kathleen Kennedy -- president of LucasFilm, as she explains the difference between The Force Awakens and the eagerly anticipated Rouge One, which will take Star Wars in a different direction.
"The Force Awakens follows Return of the Jedi and continues that generational story."
Generational story... So we can logically assume that Star Wars VII will include a Skywalker. Now that could of course be Rey, but what if Luke or Leia passed on their force sensitivity to a son, who then went bad? It would certainly explain Luke's utterance in the trailer.
"The Force is strong in my family. My father has it. I have it. My sister has it. You have that power too."
We know that the force is genetic, and we now know there will be a younger Skywalker. But is it, Kylo, Rey, Poe, or Finn?
3. Vader is coming back!
Cloning has played a huge role in the history of Star Wars, but is Kylo Ren going to attempt to clone Darth Vader? Admittedly, this is rather unlikely; with a big bad like Kylo already in the film, the inclusion of Vader could really oversaturate the narrative with bad guys.
However, it's interesting to consider and it certainly exists within the realm of possibility. In the trailer, we hear Kylo talking to the helmet of Death Vader as he says he will finish what was started by the former Dark Lord of the Sith. So perhaps a good way to go about doing that is to bring Vader back from the dead. What do you think?
4. Will Luke Be an Antagonist?
This one will get some fans seething, but what if Luke is actually the antagonist of the story? To start with we've seen nothing of Luke in the trailers or in any promotional material. This is pretty strange, unless, as some have suggested -- he's turned to the dark side.
As unlikely as this is, it does go some way towards explaining why we've seen nothing of him so far. Some theories have suggested that he's Kylo Ren, but as we know this will be Adam Driver's role it's more likely that Luke will be guarding some artifact or Sith tomb. If this is the case it could be a reasonable twist if Luke has some struggle with the dark side.
On the other hand, we have heard Luke's voice and he didn't sound in any way evil. Considering previous Star Wars movies have been pretty black and white with their characters, we're probably safe in assuming Luke isn't the big bad of the film.
Of course all of this is just speculation, but that's all that we have until December 18th. Have another look at the trailer below and let us know what you think!
Do you like any of these fan theories? Which do you think would work best?