[Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](tag:711158) comes out this week. I'm just gonna let that sink in for a moment.
Ok, I'm good. We're so close now it almost seems pointless to speculate on what's going to happen in Star Wars 7. But that's half the fun of waiting, right? And wow have we had an influx of spoilers lately! So let's round up the latest rumors and hints, one more time before we finally see the film.
And just to get you excited again, here's the best trailer we've had for the movie so far. Though plenty of TV spots have been released subsequently, they really can't beat the emotive power of trailer number 3...
(I'm not crying, there's just the Force in my eye...)
So without further ado, let's count out the latest spoilers!
She's A General, Not A Jedi
Leia's role in Star Wars Episode 7 became a lot clearer in the last week. First we heard that she goes by General now, not Princess, as she's lead the Rebellion/Resistance for most of her life. And last week, J.J. Abrams revealed one interesting fact about Leia - despite her Force Sensitivity, she never trained to become a Jedi!
In contrast to the Expanded Universe, which saw Leia eventually train to master her Force powers, General Leia of The Force Awakens just didn't have time to focus on Jedi training.
"It was simply a choice that she made, that it was her decision to run the Rebellion, and ultimately this Resistance, and consider herself a General, as opposed to a Jedi. But clearly we’ve seen, and we do again, that she still is Force strong. And it’s something that I think is an intrinsic piece of her character."
So the question now becomes - how will we see Leia use her Force strength? It seems as though Abrams will show that she's still Force sensitive... will Leia sense Luke's survival, the way she did in the original trilogy? It's certainly possible.
But if you're disappointed that we won't see any women wielding lightsabers, don't worry...
The Force Is Strong With Rey
That's right! Despite the fact that Finn was the one to wield Anakin and Luke's lightsaber in the trailers and posters, it looks like Rey will also train to become a Jedi. This was hinted at last month with this adorable Duracell commercial...
In the advert, the children imagine themselves as characters from Star Wars Episode 7, and little Rey clearly uses a Force push when fighting off the invading Stormtroopers. This seemed like just a cute little hint, but this weekend saw a gigantic spoiler leak onto the web, courtesy of some merchandise that was mistakenly sold 2 weeks early by a Walmart in the US.
You can read a full breakdown about the leaked merchandise here (and there's a picture too!) but suffice to say that the Force is strong with Rey, and we'll probably be following her journey to discover her own power. Though whether this path leads to the Dark or the Light is still a mystery...
Kylo Ren's Nemesis
Harrison Ford recently let a pretty huge plot point slip: that it's Rey (and not Finn) who has the big lightsaber battle with Kylo Ren. During a Twitter Q&A, a fan asked Ford which action sequence was his favorite. This was his response.
It's possible the actor slipped up, meaning Finn and not Rey. But this official still from the movie already confirmed that Rey would be present during the epic battle.
Could Rey continue the fight with Kylo Ren after Finn taps out? Considering the leaked merchandise, it seems as though Rey's going to have some pretty badass lightsaber battle sequences!
Leia's Daughter Revealed?
Ever since the film was first announced, fans have been wondering which of the new heroes would be related to Luke, Leia, and Han. Rey was a strong contender for Leia and Han's daughter, and Daisy Ridley even seemed to drop hints about this early on.
But since we learned that Rey was abandoned at age 5, it seemed less likely that Han and Leia would desert their daughter. And everyone forgot the fact that Billie Lourd, Carrie Fisher's actual daughter, is appearing in Star Wars Episode7. Last week we finally caught a glimpse of her character.
Hmm... so she's working in Resistance HQ, in a troop-directing position very similar to Princess Leia in the original trilogy. Plus, she's rocking some serious side-buns...
The images are all we have so far, but considering Padme also sported this distinctive hairstyle in Attack Of The Clones and Revenge Of The Sith, it seems like the costume department are definitely hinting at something with Billie Lourd's character.
Maz Kanata Knows Yoda
Maz Kanata is one of The Force Awakens's most mysterious characters. Narrating the third trailer and a few of the TV spots, Maz Kanata definitely appears to be in a mentorship position, giving advice to our young heroes about the Force.
"The Force, it's calling to you. Just let it in..."
Recently, JJ Abrams revealed that Maz Kanata is much, much older than we expected! At over a thousand years old, she's seen many changes in the galaxy. Is she a Force user herself? We don't know that. But we do know she has had contact with one of the most powerful Jedi Masters...
At a press conference, the cast was asked about Maz Kanata's connection with Master Yoda, prompting Abrams to drop some surprising hints.
"I do believe that Maz and Yoda at one point had crossed paths. But that is not something, of course, due to the events of past films, that happens in this one."
Of course, this doesn't give us much information, but it does suggest that Maz's role in the film will be somewhat similar to Yoda's. She's certainly going to be a force to be reckoned with!
Not Long Now...
So there you have it folks: the final spoilers and rumors before Star Wars 7 is released. In these final days before the film's release, it's good to take John Boyega's advice...
Oh who are we kidding? Freaking out is definitely the right response to all this excitement!
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