That Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens trailer still has the internets all abuzz, due in no small part to the new mysteries the teaser put forth. But a recent dump of supposedly leaked spoilers just might shed a ton of light on The Force Awakens, and there’s been a new development that makes it look like the leaker might know what they’re talking about.
Warning Label No. 1: You’ll want to click away from this “Star Wars spoilers” article if you’re not interested in possible spoilers for The Force Awakens. Kinda sad that one has to say such, but this is the world we live in.
Warning Label No. 2: As with just about anything involving Star Wars rumors, you’ll need your recommended daily allowance of sodium chloride with this one. Some facts have popped up recently that give it a bit more credence, but it’s still a Star Wars rumor. None of it is confirmed until officially announced or until Force Awakens hits theaters in a year.
Those two things out of the way, here we go. Or, you know… Let’s watch the trailer again. You know you want to.
Well, that was fun. Anyway, there’s a new report out from SlashFilm that we’ll get a fuller glimpse of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in May, when a trailer for the inevitable Winter 2015 blockbuster hits theaters riding along with — wait for it — Avengers: Age of Ultron. If true, this could prove a number of things:
- Disney is an unstoppable entertainment juggernaut, with Star Wars, Marvel, Pixar, and its own Disney productions under its belt. Age of Ultron will break records and build hype for Force Awakens, which will break records and build hype for Captain America: Civil War, which will break records and build hype for the first Star Wars spinoff, which will et cetera et cetera ad infinitum in excelsis deo…
- May the Fourth, which falls on the weekend that Age of Ultron premieres — h/t: the Verge — could possibly see the odd spectacle of people going to see an Avengers movie mostly for a trailer. The whole world’s gone mad.
- Perhaps most importantly, this one odd internet spoiler post might have a bit of truth to it.
Here’s the explanation for #3. Recently, a post went up on 4chan — the radioactive cesspit from which both the best and worst of the internet emerge — purporting to spill a number of details on The Force Awakens. That post was summarized in a much-more-safely-linkable Reddit page, and the spoilers it lets slip are some big ones.
Perhaps the biggest is that Attack the Block‘s John Boyega — the “Black Stormtrooper,” because apparently we still live in a world where people would find that surprising — is not only the male lead for Episode VII, but also a “Force-sensitive Stormtrooper.” The spoiler says that much of The Force Awakens‘ plot will be Boyega’s journey from servant of the Empire to Jedi recruit, all the while being hunted by the Empire that he defected from.
What of the other characters? Daisy Ridley’s character, Kira, is said to be the offspring of Han Solo and Princess Leia. She’s described as “a dusty, survivalist tomboy,” looking for her missing uncle, Luke Skywalker. Why the search for Skywalker? Kira is also said to be Force-sensitive, and she’s a bit miffed that Uncle Luke went missing without properly training her in the ways of the Force.
Kira is said to be keeping her identity under wraps as she hunts for “Force-sensitive artifacts” that she hopes will lead her to the elder Skywalker. Apparently, having people know that she’s a Solo could get her into some trouble.
Speaking of Han Solo, the role of Lovable Rogue in Star Wars Episode VII will reportedly fall to Oscar Isaac, who will supposedly play “an ace pilot with the last name ‘Darklighter.'” Isaac’s character, as rumor has it, has been fighting Imperial forces for years now, and is “a bit of a hot shot.” Isaac also appears to be the one who inherits the Millennium Falcon.
But how could Isaac’s Darklighter still be fighting the Empire? Wasn’t evil finally crushed in the original Star Wars trilogy with the destruction of the Death Stars? Well, here’s the thing: the spoiler post says that the war’s not yet over.
“The film is dystopian and darker than Empire,” the leak contends. “Some 30-40 years have passed since Return of the Jedi, and the Empire and New Republic have been locked in a war of attrition.” Sort of like “the European theater of 1944, with the Empire being Germany and the Republic being the Allies.”
The post says that the Republic has finally taken the upper hand. The Republic is said to be working on a “super weapon” on a “Scandinavian-esque cold and forsaken forest world,” but there’s no indication as to what that weapon might be for.
Now, what exactly in the post gives this supposed leak any credence at all? One of the smaller bits of the post had the leaker saying that we’d see a new Star Wars trailer on May 1. That’s the same date that Age of Ultron will hit theaters, and this post went up well before the latest reports on the Star Wars–Age of Ultron connection went live.
Of course, this is all speculation, and linking Star Wars to Age of Ultron is sort of a no-brainer, so that’s not exactly a groundbreaking prediction. But it’s a pretty detailed post and well worth the read, if only for speculation’s sake. There’s also a ton more “information” packed into it, so if you want to know what the movie might be about before you go see the movie, have at it. We won’t know anything for certain until more things start leaking from more sources, but this could possibly manage to push the hype levels for The Force Awakens even higher. As if you needed more reasons to be excited for May’s new Avengers movie.