With the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens less than two months away, speculation about the heavily guarded plot has run rampant across the Internet. Even Late Show host Stephen Colbert, a self-proclaimed super fan, isn’t above venturing his opinion on the nuances of the plot.
Since director J.J. Abrams insisted on keeping a total lockdown on the storyline, and Disney and Lucasfilm won’t be releasing any more trailers, the only thing hungry fans have to go on is the third trailer and the occasional TV spots released in the coming weeks before Episode 7’s release. However, Colbert claims he has “the definitive guess as to the entire plot of the movie.”
After warming up the audience with jokes about the patriotic necessity of attending the film, Colbert namedrops Abrams, but says the director is as tight-lipped with him as with anyone -- not even revealing the meaning of his initials or his phone number to comedian. The late night star then grows deadly serious before unspooling his prediction of the Star Wars to come.
He describes a universe in chaos 30 years after the fall of the Empire. In brief, he rationalizes the rise of The First Order and the reformation of the Rebellion into The Resistance, possibly due to dark side elements inside the Rebellion’s forces. He then suggests that ex-Stormtrooper Finn (John Boyega) is part of the paradigm shift in the film, where those who represent good are corrupted and those who fight for evil find redemption in the light side.
Obviously, Colbert’s analysis is far from fact, but he makes some valid generalizations which jive with the limited available data about the film and possibly speak to the influence of Star Wars’ expanded universe. For example, the Dark Empire comic book trilogy explored the idea of Luke Skywalker, like his father before him, embracing the dark side in order to destroy it. Colbert’s conception also explores the tantalizing possibility the Skywalker lineage finally brings balance to the Force, and hence, order to the universe. And as with J.J. Abrams’ reboot of Star Trek, he’s not averse to making daring changes to established mythos.
On the other hand, Colbert’s prediction could simply be an übergeek’s well-intentioned interpretation of, or desires for, the new trilogy. So, unless Disney accidentally spoils some of the mystique with their TV spots (as they’ve done before with the Marvel Universe), the full story will only be revealed on December 18th.
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens hits theaters on December 18th, 2015, followed by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on December 16th, 2016, Star Wars: Episode VIII on May 26th, 2017, and the Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film on May 25th, 2018. Star Wars: Episode IX is expected to reach theaters in 2019, followed by the third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020.