I had to read through a lot of navel-gazing to get to these rumors from Latino Review. No offense, but I want to get to the good stuff:
- There will be a female villain. Over 50% sure she’s a Sith. I’ll follow up on this in later weeks.
- Despite having 30 Years after Jedi to set one up, there is NO New Republic at the start of Episode VII.
- Boba-Fett-similar armor is around. Probably not for the man himself. Mandalorians? Clone drama? Still unclear on a plot/character connection.
- John Boyega isn’t a Jedi or a Padawan at the beginning of the movie, he’s the one that has the story arc that brings him into Star Wars’ greater universe. It has echoes of Luke’s arc in A New Hope.
On the female villain bullet point, we’ve heard the same thing. But remember she’s not the only evil person there. The one thing I’ve noticed happens when discussing these things is that evil Force users become synonymous with “Sith.” This may not be the case in the film. I kind of expect to it be a Sith returning since this part of the main story that was about vanquishing the Sith, however, we should be mindful of that as things proceed, in my opinion.
We have also heard that there is no New Republic from a ton of different people. I believe this is probably true because it keeps being said over and over again from entirely disparate sources. In a way, I think there being no New Republic makes for the best storytelling opportunities. The older cast might be wary after years of conflict. Only the young people have the ignorant bliss of being optimistic and saving the universe. It also makes for great expanded universe opportunities too.
I haven’t heard anything about Mandalorian armor, so that’s interesting. The Clone Wars did leave Mandalore in a place where they could have a connection to deeper evils, considering Maul was their ruler at one point. There is also nothing to say the Mercenaries we’ve heard about aren’t something as such. But I have to admit, this is the first time we’ve heard anything like that.
The John Boyega stuff rings mostly true from what we’ve been hearing. However, I have had the impression Daisy Ridley’s character was more of the main character and Boyega is dragged along with her for the ride. Point being, I’m not so sure there’s a “Luke Skywalker” as much as two “Luke Skywalkers” in this film.
Fun stuff and fun rumors from Latino Review.