We have been hearing tons of rumors circling the “Star Wars” franchise, and they have mostly been vague.
That’s J.J. Abrams for you though. Abrams is a guy that loves to tease; he loves to give us a taste of what he’s cooking. But that is all he’ll give us, a taste. He protected the production of his “Star Trek” movies like they were his children. Anything we learn from his “Star Wars” production that is valid, we learn because Abrams wanted it that way. It is amazing how he is able to keep things so tightly under wraps while it seems hard for many other directors out there.
So let’s take a little inventory. We know that the big three from the original “Star Wars” trilogy will return for episode seven, those big three are Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill. We know Chewbacca, R2-D2 and C3PO will also make a return. We know that new cast members include John Boyega, Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Gwendoline Christie, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow. We know the story will take place 30 years after the events of “Return of the Jedi” and that the Millennium Falcon will be seen.
Other than that, nothing else has been set in stone. There are rumors that the storyline will revolve around Luke Skywalker (Hamill) being kidnapped by somebody, or something and that Han Solo will lead a rescue mission to find him. We don’t know if that is the main plot or a sub-plot. That report may even be hogwash. There are also rumors that Darth Vader may return. Nothing serious or narrative-lacking, episode seven could be the first “Star Wars” film to feature a flashback and Vader maybe a part of that flashback. The flashback could lead to a revelation that could change what we always knew about “Star Wars.” That the philosophy of one Sith lord and one Sith apprentice was false, and that others were manipulating Darth Sidious and Darth Vader. That could be a cool exploration, but we just don’t know if it is true or not.
All of this is evidence that we should take what we learn with a grain of salt, especially for a film being made by J.J. Abrams. All I can say is that rumors are fun, and I have been having a good time piecing together what is real and what is internet gossip. Many have been saying this online and I will say it myself, this is a cool time to be a “Star Wars” fan. I can’t wait to see how episodes VII, VIII and IX play out. But most of all, I can’t wait to see the solo films that revolve around other characters and how Disney plans to expand this universe and this story in ways we have never seen before. I can’t wait to see this galaxy outside the House of Skywalker, and the possibilities that lay ahead.