Speculation: Is John Boyega’s character set up in Star Wars Rebels or have things been confused?

The Wolf Pack shared this image a few days ago:

In Star Wars Rebels, when Jai Kell is arrested, Zare Leonis betrays the Empire and gives our rebel heroes information to help rescue Jai.

What does this have to do with Star Wars: Episode VII?

Well if you recall we shared some rumors that John Boyega’s character is a Stormtrooper in Star Wars: Episode VII and he defects to the good side after being saved by Daisy Ridley’s character.

I mean no disrespect to our sources, but it has made me wonder if Leonis’ character has confused things. What if concept art for a scene of a young black man in Stormtrooper gear was observed and the assumption was it was from Star Wars: Episode VI? But what if it was just Zare from the animated show and not Boyega’s character in the feature film? Honest mistake.

I hate to be the guy to also suggest that all black people in the Star Wars story are related but Jedi News original story about a character in Star Wars Rebels whohad lineage in Star Wars: Episode VII made me wonder if perhaps Boyega is Zare Leonis’ son/heir.

Jedi News:

I am being told that not only will he be in Episode 7 but the plan is for him to also be in Rebels playing a character that sets up his Episode VII character!

However, the idea that a father and son are both turncoat Stormtroopers seems a bit much to me. Unless this is the one time Zare does the right thing and goes on to be corrupted by the Empire as time goes on, in which case Boyega’s character would represent the redemption of the family name.

Just some food for thought here. Jedi News’ source was hit and miss and I’m sure things changed a lot behind the scenes to further complicate things. One thing is for sure, with so many different Star Wars projects going on, we’re going to have to be careful not to confuse which story the rumors actually pertain to.

Edit: I want to make it clear that I still stand by our source and the original report. But errors can be made and as always, I’m sharing what I hear and see within reason.

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  • Bifash

    Seems preposterous they’d be the same character as there is around 40 years difference in the timeframe. Also unlikey that both Boyega’s character and the Rebels character would share such a similar origin – I think it’s right to assume that some confusion and misreporting has been made along the way.

  • John

    EP7 takes place 40 years after the events of Rebels. John Boyega is a very young man, 22 I believe. There’s simply no way he could be in rebels, even if his character was just a kid.

    • http://MakingStarWars.net/ Jason Ward

      Yeah, we’re not saying that. We’re saying Zare would be his father in a rumored scenario.

      • Bifash

        Could be interesting. What if Boyega’s real father is playing this role? We know his father will make an appearance in the movie in some capacity.

        • http://MakingStarWars.net/ Jason Ward

          Very smart thought, Bifash.

          • pjsagg

            But is Boyega’s father a professional actor? If that role is important they would not have him play it.

            My guess is that we won’t see Boyega character’s dad in Ep. VII or we may not see hum at all, because he may as well be already dead; why make it so similar to Luke’s story with the mysterious father eventually found to be alive and evil?; that would just be too much of a copycat, there have to be some changes compared to Original Trilogy. Even though we may see Boyega’s character’s father as an Imperial rookie in Rebels. That will make people who see Ep. VII interested in following Rebels.

            And think about the possibility of Boyega finding a sister. Maisie Richardson-Sellers?

            Luke will mentor Boyega’s character at some point, like Obi-wan did with him – and there will be some similarities in Luke’s and Boyega’s stories.

    • Super Scout

      Time travel.

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  • http://gravatar.com/michaellett5626 michaellett5626

    What if…… Ezra is the character that spans both. Given his flirtation with the Dark Side and Kanaan’s lack of training to be a jedi instructor, perhaps Ezra will become the new Inquisitor in Episode 7

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  • https://plus.google.com/105928999874671870255 Mr Invisible

    Or he could be related to lupita, a new central character with no relation to luke or han would certainly expand the universe and give it a new depth.