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Star Wars VII Rumors Abound

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JJ Abrams isn’t exactly someone who tips his hand on some of the larger projects he works on, but it seems that there are more and more details coming out about Star Wars Episode VII that might either be malicious leaks to take our focus off the true story, or true.

***POTENTIAL SPOILERS AHEAD***

Ok now that’s out of the way, there’s been a literal glut of information that’s been propagating across the internet in the last couple of days and as much as I hate posting rumors, some of these are starting to bear the skeptic’s wrath and seem like they just might be legitimate. Let’s get started shall we?

#1 Luke’s Hand

It appears that the severed hand of Luke Skywalker will be a major plot point when it comes to Episode VII when it comes to theaters next December. Apparently when it got lightsaber’d off on Bespin when he and Vader were having a family discussion in the bowels of the city. You’ll recall it was clutching a lightsaber at the time and just seemingly disappeared into the nothingness of Star Wars lore.

Well it seems that the hand is recovered by the younger cast of the movie who notice the lightsaber as a Jedi relic and go on a quest to return the lost item to the rightful owner.

#2 Return to Hoth and Endor?

There are costume sheets coming out from various sites that show Han not only wearing his Hoth regalia, but also what appears to be his same long-coat look that he had on Endor.

Costuming aside, there has been shooting planned or completed in Iceland for a potential standin for Hoth and the Forest of Dean (in Gloucestershire) as a pristine spot for Yavin IV or maybe Endor?

Considering the focus for the movie is supposed to be a search for Luke Skywalker, it makes sense that they’d visit places that they know he was in at one time. While I know that since the expanded universe is no longer canon I’m assuming there won’t be much mention of the new home of the Jedi Temple being on Yavin after it was moved off Coruscant, but I could be wrong.

If you’ve paid any attention to geek sites in the last couple of days, you might have noticed the new stormtrooper helmets being posted nearly EVERYWHERE, and I’ve heard conflicting reports from multiple sites about this, but I can’t say with 100% certainty if they’re in the new movie or the new animated series. Regardless of which show it’s going into, both are part of the new Disney expanded universe so it’s possible it’s BOTH, however they do show a new snowtrooper helmet which coincides with the Hoth shooting location.

#3 Sith Inquisitors

The villain of the new Star Wars: Rebels is a Sith Inquisitor, which if memory serves was a playable class in the Star Wars: The Old Republic MMORPG, and acted like a Jedi hunter. It stands to reason that after the loss of Vader and Palpatine, the power vacuum would leave one of these Sith aligned cretins to come in and fill in the space of super bad guy and lightsaber fodder in a climactic duel.

In Episode VII it seems that it’s more than one Inquisitors who will have captured Luke, there’s a picture of what looks to be the main Inquisitor who has tons of cybernetic implants like Vader and is holding his shattered helmet.

#4 Flashbacks

It’s been reported that Carrie Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourd is going to reprise her mother’s role as Princess Leia in a series of flashbacks that will possibly set up a time when a still living Vader was being super space pimp for the Empire. This could be happening in order to establish a decent storyline that explains the introduction of the Inquisitor.

These could all be true and very likely that a few are fake or floated by JJ Abrams himself to see the geek culture squirm under the details of one of the most anticipated movies of 2015, too bad we have to wait all the way to December.

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