Force for Change announced their big "Episode VII" winner, but J.J. Abrams also gave a peek at what appears to either be a droid hand, cyborg hand, or... Luke Skywalker's robotic hand? Time will tell.
To catch you up on what we think we know about Episode VII’s plot thus far: Luke’s lightsaber (and maybe hand but probably not) crash lands on a planet leading Daisy Ridley and John Boyega on a search for Luke, which leads them to Han and Chewie, who aren’t in the Millennium Falcon because Oscar Isaacs has it. The party is looking for Luke who has been MIA since Jedi. But Luke isn’t hiding, Luke is a captive.
Let’s push our understanding past the first act and into the second act of the story.
What we’ve been circling around are the villains of the piece, occasionally coming up with buzzing from the set about bounty hunters or “Sith Witches,” and those aren’t entirely inaccurate, but the truth is much more…
This guy's probably dead, but he's the only IN CANON Inquisitor we know about.
The Inquisitors are the villains of Star Wars: Episode VII and the name of the main villain in Star Wars: Rebels. They seem to be loosly based on the now-deleted Expanded Universe Inquistors (Click here for that background) mixed with the hardended Sith look of Rebels' villain. The Inquisitors are defenders of the Sith Order and they’ve been around for a long time. Just how long is what turns Episode VII’s story on it’s head.
When our hero(es) find Luke and the Inquisitors are revealed, Luke’s explanation on the history of this order is going to trigger a flashback to explain that the Inquisitors have been tied into the Sith all along.
Remember when we broke Billie Lourd’s casting (Lourd is the biological daughter of Carrie Fisher)? That’s not so she can play a Solo kid, it’s so she can play a much younger Princess Leia than we’ve ever seen before in this flashback.
This Lourd WILL be a ROYAL! HAAHAHAHAHA!
I make myself laugh, like, all the time.
But, a young Princess Leia is not all this flashback reveals...
The Inquisitors will be seen serving Darth Vader in flashback.
Yes, Darth Vader will be on screen, briefly, in Star Wars: Episode VII. We’re not done with the dark prince of the Sith quite yet.
That’s all for now, but it’s now exceedingly clear that the Sequel Trilogy requires a retroactive continuity adjustment to the other two trilogies and Rebels is going to end up being much, much more important than we anticipated.
Star Wars: Episode VII is getting back on course.
The J.J. Abrams film will resume filming later this month, a source confirms to The Hollywood Reporter.
The production went on a two-week hiatus earlier this month due to an injury star Harrison Ford sustained in June. Ford was sidelined after breaking his left leg on the London set June 12 and later underwent surgery.
Ford showing up — and appearing to be back in good health — at Monday's The Expendables 3 premiere in Hollywood had Star Wars observers speculating that he is ready to return to a galaxy far, far away.
Sources could not confirm if Ford was flying back to London to join the production.
Daisy Ridley Returning For ‘Star Wars Episode VIII’ and ‘IX’
Thursday, news broke that actress Daisy Ridley had signed with a new agency. This in itself isn’t that exciting. While 99% of the world doesn’t know who the actress is (she only has like 7,000 followers on Twitter), next year that’ll change. She’s one of the leads in J.J. Abrams‘ Star Wars Episode VII. Rumors and speculation have run rampant over which character the actress is playing but, buried in the agency story, was a bit of a hint. Her signing with the new agency is because she’s expected to return for Rian Johnson‘s Star Wars Episode VIII and Star Wars Episode IX. Read more about Daisy Ridley Star Wars below.
The Daisy Ridley Star Wars news came from Deadline, which said the following:
She is the female lead in the J.J Abrams-directed resuscitation of Star Wars, and the plan is for her carry through to the second and third films that will be directed by Looper helmer Rian Johnson.
Of note here, Deadline broke the news of Rian Johnson writing and directing Episode VIII and, at first, said he was doing the same for Episode IX. Every single other source on the net amended that, saying it wasn’t set in stone Johnson was directing IX. They still stand by it but Lucasfilm hasn’t confirmed any of this. (Johnson, though, has.)
As for Ridley, there really wasn’t much of a question she was going to be a bigger part of the trilogy. Unlike some of the other actresses who were cast after her (Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie, etc.), Ridley’s role was important enough to be at the first table read. She was seated between Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) leading to speculation she was a child of the two. Since then, speculation has moved away from that but really, we don’t know for sure. What we do know is she’s a very important character, has lots and lots of scenes with John Boyega and will most likely be in the rest of the series. She was also recently rumored to share an outdoor scene with Mark Hamill.
Plus, while the actress will certainly be a big star even if she didn’t make it through Star Wars Episode VII, the fact she’s potentially locked into two of the biggest sequels ever is a huge bonus to her team. The move to a bigger agency, then, definitely makes sense and backs up the claims.