A couple of interesting news bits about Star Wars Episode VII hit the net on Monday afternoon. In addition to a possible plot has been revealed and secondly, there is information regarding Harrison Ford’s physical condition after the injury he suffered last week.
Let’s talk about the plot piece first, since it has been greatly discussed and anticipated. So far we only know that the events of Star Wars Episode VII takes place 30 years after the events in Star Wars Episode VI: Return Of The Jedi.
According to the website HeyUGuys a source inside of Pinewood Studios in London — where the blockbuster is being filmed — revealed additional details regarding the plot line. This is only speculation at this point and should be taken with a big grain of salt.
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The rumor, from someone inside the studio who has not read the well-guarded script or talked to director J.J. Abrams, has to do with the villains in Star Wars Episode VII. Abrams is legendary for his fierce way of protecting any details of his films from leaking to the media.
Apparently, the main villains in Star Wars Episode VII will be called “Jedi Hunters,” who dress themselves in black and possibly wear helmets (similar to The Inquisitor character in Star Wars Rebels). They reportedly hunt for Jedi on behalf of the Empire, hence the namesake.
In Star Wars Episode VII Jedi hunters use lightsabers and are joined by Stormtrooper-type allies dressed in black and chrome. They also worship the Sith and wish to resurrect them. The reason that there’s no new Jedi Order is because Luke Skywalker has spent the past 30 years trying to stop them, according to the website.
An additional piece of news is that David Oyelowo is voicing one of the three villains in the film. Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong’o (who has been spotted wearing yellow contact lenses), and Adam Driver will make up the trio of Jedi Hunters. Driver is also rumored to play Han Solo and Princess Leia’s son, who has been recruited by the Dark Side.
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Talking about Han Solo, there is also news regarding the injury Harrison Ford suffered while on-set at Pinewood. A door from his character’s spacecraft, the Millennium Falcon, reportedly fell on his ankle, which required him to be airlifted to the hospital.
Collider is reporting via The Hollywood Reporter that it has been confirmed Ford is sidelined for seven to eight weeks. The original cast member, now 71, is said to have a major role in Star Wars Episode VII and for now, at least, the production will go on as planned and Abrams will work around his star’s injury with CGI and body doubles.
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