Let's be clear: very little is ACTUALLY known about Star Wars Episode VII. We don't even have an official subtitle for the film yet, and that alone should tell you just how in the dark(side) we truly are. Yet and still, as director J.J. Abrams and his impressive cast of actors get into production on Episode VII, rumors from the set are being flung at the Web fast and furiously, getting hopelessly tangled in themselves along the way.
The last few days brought a rumor about the villains of Episode VII, and their agenda in the film. The Star Wars rumor mill being as crazy as it is, today we have yet another report that revises the villain rumor into an alleged cleaner version of things that edge closer to the truth - and how this information affects both Episode VII and the upcoming Star Wars animated series, Rebels. Since some (or a lot) of this information may turn out to be true, we must issue a warning that POTENTIAL SPOILERS FOLLOW.
Quick background: Episode VII takes place 30 years after Episode VI, Return of the Jedi, presumably exploring how former members of the Rebellion are faring (Luke, Han, Leia), and some new threat that rises to challenge them. Star Wars Rebels, on the other hand, is set after the events of Episode III, Revenge of Sith, and will chronicle the era between the prequel and original trilogies - much like Clone Wars filled the gap between Episodes II and III.
- Those close to production have been calling the villains “Jedi Hunters.” They’re dressed in black and use lightsabers to hunt Jedi for the Empire. They also have foot soldiers that look like Storm Troopers but wear black and chrome uniforms.
- Three of the Jedi Hunters will be played by Lupita Nyong’o, Adam Driver, and David Oyelowo. Nyong’o was even seen wearing yellow contact lenses.
- The Jedi Hunters worship the Sith and have been tasked to insure their survival, which includes enacting plans to resurrect them in Episode VIII.
- Jedi Hunters are the reason there’s still no New Republic. Luke Skywalker has been fighting to stop them for the last thirty years, but he is now in need of help.
Now, Latino Review is reporting that, yes, MakingStarWars.net may have gotten some details wrong - while other details like the Jedi Hunters in black and chrome may have been confused with the upcoming Rebels series, whose villain, "The Inquisitor," is tasked by Darth Vader to hunt down and eliminate the remaining Jedi Knights. Here's what Latino Review is claiming IS in fact true about these Star Wars VII villain rumors:
- No one is using the term "Jedi Hunters" - but there is a group of mercenary types motivated by either money or a some sort of boss.
- Nyong'o and Adam Driver are villains - but exact details of their villainy are unknown.
- Force.net suspects that Oyelowo is voicing Agent Kallus in Star Wars Rebels - not playing a character in Episode VII.
- All the rumors could be stemming from designs by original Star Wars concept artist Ralph McQuarrie which are being used for Ep7, and have been misconstrued by fans.
- No one knows yet where the Jedi/Sith situation stands, and what the story there will be.
So, like we said: a more polished rumor - but still just a RUMOR.
It is interesting that Rebels will be the starting point of the new OFFICIAL Star Wars canon set after Return of the Jedi. Even though the animated series and Episode VII cover two very different time periods (decades before and then after the Rebellion), their status within the new, expanding, Star Wars shared universe almost demands there be some recognizable connective tissue between the projects - as well as connective tissue to the prequel and original trilogies. Seeing future ground and relationships get established in The Clone Wars series was a nice thrill - so it's a safe bet LucasFilm wants to continue to deliver that immersive experience to fans.
Could there be carry over with character like The Inquisitor and his "Jedi Hunters?" It seems like a stretch; the post-Episode III universe was a much more dangerous place for a Jedi than one would think it was after the fall of the Empire (when Luke Skywalker had 30 years to rebuild the Jedi Order). It's easy to believe that Episode VII will feature some remaining faction of The Empire, and the designs for those soldiers could indeed be similar to the ones used for the "Jedi Hunters" and Inquistor in Rebels. Or maybe the Inquisitor's legacy lives on long after the Empire's fall?
As we said at the top: There's so very little that we know for sure.
Star Wars Episode VIIwill be in theaters on December 18, 2015.
Source: Latino Review