The Star Wars: Episode VII rumor mill continues to churn away as new plot details have possibly surfaced. But before we get to those, let’s get to some production rumors following Harrison Ford‘s leg injury. According to the less-than-reliable New York Post, Oscar Isaac‘s role is being expanded to make up for less Han Solo. However, another source tells the Post, “‘The basic story line will not change that much.’ The source said no characters were being dramatically expanded, but ‘the order of filming scenes could be shifted’ to work around Ford’s absence.” This seems far more likely, and the source adds that “Shutting down the movie is impossible,” and I believe that as well. I’m not sure the movie’s insurance would cover such a shutdown, and even if it did, Disney seems determined to hit the release date no matter what.
Hit the jump for some more Star Wars: Episode VII rumors. The film opens December 18, 2015, and also stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie, and Daisy Ridley. [Possible spoilers ahead]
Star Wars just can’t seem to quit Boba Fett. What started out as a cult character was expanded to a main part of the series’ mythology in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, and now the echoes of the bounty hunter might reverberate through the new sequel.
According to Latino Review, there’s word that “mercenaries” might be lurking around the galaxy, and that Mandalorians will make a big appearance in Episode VII. Time to get super nerdy: The Mandalorians are, per Wookieepedia, “a nomadic group of clan-based people consisting of members from multiple species and multiple genders, all bound by a common culture.” That culture is steeped in battle, and although they initially allied with the Sith, they eventually partnered with the Jedi because the arrangement was mutually beneficial. “In later years,” the entry continues, “the Mandalorians moved away from their obsessively war-like and conqueror ways and instead, most became bounty hunters and mercenaries, selling their skills to various individuals and factions in the galaxy.”
LR says that these mercs will be antagonizing the Jedi heroes, and that the “black-and-chrome” armor could be the Mandalorians, or perhaps just new stormtrooper uniforms.
Moving on, there is a Sith Witch or even Sith Witches in Episode VII, but LR adds, “We don’t know the name of the character(s) nor do we know if they’re loosely based on the Nightsisters of Dathomir, Dathomir of course being Darth Maul’s home world.” Of course. Who doesn’t know that?
I believe that as filming continues and new rumors surface, the true picture will start falling into place, and we might even have a vague outline of the plot before an official synopsis or even a logline is released.