THE WHAT?: It’s a column on Star Wars news and rumors and therefore contains SPOILERS and SPECULATION. If you’re not into those things, well, you're rookie status is showing.
THIS WEEK: More Episode VII plot details. Oh yeah!
How is one supposed to move forward with such vague rumors being all we have to go on? Embrace the madness is the answer. Have no fear to speculate and cross-confirm because fear is the beginning of the path to the Dark Side.
With that in mind, I think I can contribute a bit more to what we are pretty sure we know about the opening plot of the movie.
SPOILERS! THERE ARE SPOILERS IN HERE!
Let’s re-cap where we left off, shall we?
“Imagine the standard Star Wars crawl, and when it ends the camera pans up to the stars. But instead of a spaceship zooming into frame we see... a hand! A severed hand, tumbling through space. A severed hand gripping a light saber.
“That hand falls onto a desert planet, where it is discovered by characters who will be our heroes. One is Daisy Ridley. The other is John Boyega, who is playing someone trying to change his path in life (again, I'm keeping it vague here). They recognize the light saber as a Jedi relic and decide to return it to the proper people.
“Their quest takes them off world, and they meet up with Han Solo and Chewbacca, who aren't flying around in the Millenium Falcon anymore but are piloting... well, that could be a spoiler. I'll leave it. Anyway, Han and Chewie recognize the light saber as Luke's, and they say they haven't seen their friend in thirty years, since the events of Return of the Jedi.
“So begins a quest to find the missing Jedi Master. Meanwhile, on an ice planet, nefarious forces are building a super weapon, one capable of destroying not planets but entire solar systems...”
Still very interesting. Remember we talked about this being a lightsaber not a hand with a lightsaber, but what Devin chose to speak around made me super curious and lead to some key information as to how we see the movie.
First up: Luke is missing. Why would our monomyth hero abandon the galaxy he had to sacrifice his father to change? Did it really hit him that hard? Was seeing Hayden Christensen by the Ewok bonfire just too much for his fragile mind to handle?
LUKE, WHY DID YOU LEAVE US?
The answer: he didn’t.
When Mark Hamill said his beard was “contractually obligated” I looked at Jedi Beards throughout the previous six films. Jedi, somehow, keep really clean beards. Mark Hamill’s beard is a wild mess. Why? Well Luke’s a CAPTIVE, silly, not a nomad.
Who has Luke? I have no idea. It was hard just figuring out that someone had Luke, let alone getting someone to tell me who has him. I know we’re waffling on the idea of “Jedi Hunters” but since Luke’s been missing for awhile, it could be that Luke is the Jedi-est Jedi and all that’s left is force sensitive individuals. The last Jedi (as far as anyone knows) has got to be valuable, especially if this weapon that can threaten whole galaxies is Force Sensitive. Bounty Hunters? Mandalorians? Sith Witches? Who wouldn’t want to hold Luke in a cell somewhere and who even has the power to do it?
Speaking of Skywalker, it looks like Luke appears at whatever set Skellig Michael Island off the South Kerry coast is meant to represent. Hamill and JJ Abrams were spotted on the island as well as a cast and crew board with the character placeholders “K” and “OW.”
“K” could stand for Kira, the rumored production name for Daisy Ridley’s character and if I had to guess at OW (considering calling Mark Hamill “K” makes little sense) is “Old Wizard” or the term used to describe Ben Kenobi way back before we knew his Ewan McGregor life history.
It looks like Kira and Luke end up on this island at some point in the movie.
Well, and then there’s this:
Man, man, man. Now I have so little idea of who Daisy Ridley’s character is. Or if she’s just calling Pinewood Studios “old friend” because they wrapped the Skellig shoot? Daisy Ridley seems like a very interesting individual.
SHUT UP, DA7E, KEEP GOING WITH THE NEW!
Ok, fine, reader, fine.
You might notice severe hinting that Han Solo and Chewbacca aren’t piloting the Millenium Falcon in the description above. Yet Harrison Ford was supposed to have broken his leg on the set of the Millenium Falcon (something I don’t believe, but whatever).
The good news is Harrison Ford is walking without aid again:
The bad news is that Han Solo and Chewie lost the Millennium Falcon and Oscar Isaac’s character owns it now. I don’t know if Han’s new position as wife of a princess and man with kids made him want to settle down or if the Falcon is this universe’s most gambled ship (sorry Lando!), but Han and Chewbacca don’t have the Falcon because Oscar Isaacs has it.
I’m guessing when we were hearing that Oscar Isaacs’ role was going to expand once Harrison Ford was injured, that might have just been someone who saw him sitting in the Falcon cockpit and made a guess.
I support guessing here at S7AR WARS, because we have to constantly remember that there are no consequences for incorrect guessing in this realm where all information must be viewed and processed.
During Comic-Con last week, I spent a good deal of time looking at superhero movies announce themselves and wondering when - if ever - we’re going to get this from Star Wars. I keep telling people that my PR dream for this franchise is simply nothing. When a new Star Wars movie hits the Box Office, I’m seeing it even if I get official confirmation of Jar Jar Binx’s return as a Sith Lord (not actually a real speculation) because it’s Star Wars.
With all that in mind, the Luke thing and the Falcon thing? I’m as sure of those plot points as I am of everything else we’re slowly agreeing upon without talking to each other (I see you, commenters on other Star Wars sites calling me crazy! Call me crazy to my face! I AM Crazy!)
Also in “talkin’ ‘bout Star Wars plot,” I suggest y’all jump over to /Film and check out their interviews with the Star Wars Rebels executive producers Dave Filoni and Simon Kinberg about how that cartoon series fits into A New Hope, considering that’s where we’re headed in the timeline.
Here’s a taste:
Q: Without spoilers, can we safely say this band of characters is beginning of a growing thing that’ll lead to Princess Leia and the creation of the Death Star? Is this the beginning of the snowball effect?
Dave Filoni: I think the way to look at it, Simon said this beautifully. He described the American Revolution as if this was a show that was about five guys that were locked up in a farmhouse somewhere fighting against the local British military and without any real knowledge of the larger political movements or what’s going on. I think that that’s really how you look at the truth of it with the Rebels. How do you get all these people together? We’re looking at one little small group that’s trying to stand on their own and how does that hook up to what you know is a rebel alliance in A New Hope? I think that’s one of the things that we’re gonna reveal as this story moves forward.
Make sure and check out the rest because it looks like we may or may not get tied directly into some of these characters, depending on how much Simon Kinberg starts thinking about latter seasons.
If you’re curious about Star Wars: Rebels (like I am), make sure to tune in to Disney XD this Monday 8/4 at 8PM EST to see a sneak preview of Star Wars: Rebels.
Until then, I was able to find the Comic-Con panel on line (sans footage) thanks to Star Wars Underworld:
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