Heavy speculation and possible spoilers below.
Yesterday we touched upon the rumor that John Boyega’s character is said to be an imperial of some kind. The rumor is really making the rounds right now that he starts off as an evil trooper or pilot of some kind. The rumor is so rampant we are not ignoring it even though it is unconfirmed. We are kind of starting to potentially see through some ambiguity. Still, things are murky as ever. Lets consider this piece speculatory, but informed. It is more than a shot in the dark, but it is less than confirmed. So once again, we are sharing something that might make a lot of sense, but could be somewhat circumstantial at the same time.
We have heard that Boyega starts the film on the side of the villains. Boyega is shot down over Tatooine and he is injured from the crash. The things we heard from Abu Dhabi about a crashed ship is rumored to have been Thomas’ fighter. Ridley rescues him from the wreckage and the elements of the sandy planet. Over the course of their “unlikely pairing,” Thomas sees the reality of the universe and he defects from the side of the villains and decides to help Ridley for saving his life. However, things are not easy for the character because unlike most of the rebels we’ve met in the series, none were traitors, they were always on the side of right from the beginning.
I often hear Boyega is a Jedi in the film because he uses and posesses a lightsaber, but I am beginning to think he might start that journey midway through Star Wars: Episode VII, which is why he has a lightsaber according to many reports. We have never heard Boyega has a lightsaber during the Abu Dhabi sequences, but we have heard set reports from Pinewood that he fights with two hands on his saber, without much of the prequel style flash of a one handed Obi-Wan Kenobi. It makes me wonder if Boyega and Ridley’s characters discover they share the same propensity for the Force that has so far been untapped until they meet a certain old Jedi in the second act of the film.
EDIT: Mentions of Rachel and Thomas have been edited out because they were incorrect.