Has the STAR WARS EPISODE VII Story Been Revealed?

     July 20, 2014


J.J. Abrams isn’t going to like this, as it appears that his mystery box has sprung a bit of a leak.  You may not like it either if you want to remain unspoiled on Star Wars: Episode VII news in general, because details regarding the film’s general plot have hit the net.  If these are true, it actually seems kind of a cool story to me.  But there are those that don’t want to know anything and I totally get it.

All I’ll say above the jump is that I hope Disney and Lucasfilm really make the best of the two week hiatus coming up in August to rework the film’s shooting schedule.  Because they’re going to need Harrison Ford.  And his leg.  Hit the jump for Star Wars Episode 7 story details.  And, in case you didn’t get the message in the first paragraph, spoilers below.

star-wars-episode-7-story-details-abramsAccording to Devin Faraci at Badass Digest, the story is very much in the vein of A New Hope and starts off with a nice tip of the hat to the end of The Empire Strikes Back.  Right now we’ll put this in the rumor column, but BAD is a site that I trust very much to vet their scoops.  His description is also considerately worded to avoid outright enjoyment killing spoilers (if such things even exist).  I wouldn’t be surprised if this was all true.

Per Faraci:

Imagine the standard Star Wars crawl, and when it ends the camera pans up to the stars. But instead of a spaceship zooming into frame we see… a hand! A severed hand, tumbling through space. A severed hand gripping a light saber.

That hand falls onto a desert planet, where it is discovered by characters who will be our heroes. One is Daisy Ridley. The other is John Boyega, who is playing someone trying to change his path in life (again, I’m keeping it vague here). They recognize the light saber as a Jedi relic and decide to return it to the proper people.

Their quest takes them off world, and they meet up with Han Solo and Chewbacca, who aren’t flying around in the Millenium Falcon anymore but are piloting… well, that could be a spoiler. I’ll leave it. Anyway, Han and Chewie recognize the light saber as Luke’s, and they say they haven’t seen their friend in thirty years, since the events of Return of the Jedi.

So begins a quest to find the missing Jedi Master. Meanwhile, on an ice planet, nefarious forces are building a super weapon, one capable of destroying not planets but entire solar systems…

In many ways this plot of Episode VII is an echo of A New Hope. Instead of R2 coming to Tatooine it’s a hand falling from the sky, but the basic sweep of the story is similar, and intentionally so. But things that seem familiar may not be as familiar as you think – don’t assume that every ice or desert planet in the galaxy has already been visited, if you know what I’m saying.

I’ve edited some of that down so you’ll want to visit the above link for the whole thing (along with some analysis). But, as Star Wars fans, how does that strike you?  I’m not the biggest SW guy, but the directness of that plot sounds light years better than the labyrinthine narrative of the prequels. Star Wars Episode VII hits theaters on December 18th, 2015.

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  • Farrell

    No way for Luke’s hand from Empire to survive 30 years without decomposing (unless it was flying through space the whole time, but how did it get OFF Bespin and into space?). It’s probably his newer robotic hand that got cut off…which sounds stupid.

    • CommonSense

      That was my first thought as well. I mean it fell down to the bottom of Cloud City, not up to space.

      • D

        Giving them the benefit of the doubt and saying there’s a trash receptacle at the bottom of Cloud City which would then be jettisoned into space, one would have to assume that flesh and bone would be rapidly consumed by flames during entry into a life-sustaining desert planet’s atmosphere.

      • Leo Spaceman

        Dude that’s just reckless, imagine hitting space garbage at warp speed. It would obliterate the ship and everyone on board. That Jedi council would have outlawed such practices years ago. They probably have a system like our humans garbage trucks that travel the galaxy and dump all the garbage of the galaxy on Degoba or something.

      • enderandrew

        Cloud City was on Bespin, which is a gas planet. They did gas mining there.

        It is possible the hand could have survived passing through a gas planet if it didn’t have extreme temperatures.

        It could have survived the vacuum of space.

        However, there is no way it would survive re-entry into Tatooine, land in the desert and sit there without some womp-rat eating it.

      • Aorta

        You don’t quite understand how planets work do you?

    • Evan Dickson

      The hand didn’t survive 30 years. That first shot prob right after empire. Then they find the lightsaber 30 years later.

      • Farrell

        if it’s right after Empire, how did it get into space? and if it’s Luke’s saber from Empire, wouldn’t Han know that Luke got a new saber, and wouldn’t be worried? none of it makes sense.

      • Wantoo

        Evan Dickson made it again.
        1. – Evan Dickson is Matt Goldberg.
        2. – Evan Dickson killed Matt Goldberg and uses his name as well.
        3. – The name Evan Dickson is Matt Goldberg’s penname.
        4. – Matt Goldberg cloned himself and named the clone Evan Dickson.
        5. – The name Matt Goldberg itself is the penname.

        All the same!
        “If these are true, it actually seems kind of a cool story to me.”
        Obviously, he is lying.


        Star Wars films don’t have flashbacks.

      • 80sRobot

        Let’s hope JJ continues that tradition of no flashbacks.

      • Sackt

        That “hand with saber” story rumor is the worst Star Wars rumor ever created. This shouldn’t have been posted around here.

  • Grendal Sven

    Sounds like dookie to me. But as always, I refuse to jump on the hate-fest bandwagon this bit of news will no doubt spawn until I know more.

    Personally I’d like like to see something done with two characters that were never followed up from the Clone Wars, Ahsoka and Ventress. If we are not getting Mara Jade, at least find a way to throw them into the mix. I don’t think it’s unfeasable considering the extreme age of both Yoda and Palpatine.

    • World’s Finest Comments

      Just curious, was the Clone Wars series wiped along with the rest the expanded universe from canon? If so, I don’t think that will happen.

      • Kondorr

        That is intact!

      • Grendal Sven

        Basicly they said the only media that is cannon is the Movies and The Clone Wars series, any that has come in the form of games are books has been wiped from continuty.

  • Rich Meyer

    Leave it to Disney to screw up something good…not that Lucas didn’t already with the prequels.

    This sounds completely stupid. It has to be a fake leak…please?

    • enderandrew

      Stop blaming Disney. Disney is hands off with Marvel. They’re hands off with Pixar. They’re hands off with Lucasfilm.

      Episode VII is fully the creation of Kathleen Kennedy and JJ Abrams.

      • Leo Spaceman

        But Kevin Feige made it sound like higher ups fired Edgar Wright from Antman. Who is higher up than Feige at Marvel? Disney. Or Feige just we used he needed more of a Yes Man and was just passing the buck.

      • enderandrew

        Show me a single quote where Feige said someone above him fired Wright.

        Feige just said himself this week it was that he and Wright didn’t see eye to eye. He sent notes to Wright about making changes to the script that Wright didn’t agree with. Disney was never mentioned in Feige’s comments.

    • World’s Finest Comments

      Oh yeah, Disney is always screwing things up. Look at how they handled Pixar and Marvel. There’s so much evidence like that that says they don’t know what they’re doing and they just wanna milk everything. They don’t care about quality, all they want is branding. Why do you think Mickey Mouse played Winter Soldier?

      Oh wait, none of that is remotely true.

    • 80sRobot

      It has to be a fake leak that Disney hired Kevin Smith to write!

      • Guest

        Can’t be Smith, no F-bombs.

    • João Paulo

      Stop complain about the prequels, some people like me enjoy the prequels. I think this information is just rumor and without a teaser trailer we will never have sure.

  • http://widescreen.org OAR_John

    It can’t be Luke’s because it would have to get off Bespin. It can’t be Vader’s from RotJ because it would have a glove on it, and it’s unlikely that it would have survived the explosion of the second Death Star. Have to call shenanigans on this one.

    • Farrell

      Only way it makes sense is if Luke got his new robotic hand cut off…which is stupid and also shows how terrible of a Jedi he’s become. The whole thing just sounds goofy as hell.

    • 80sRobot

      The hand could have belonged to somebody else who held Luke’s saber. And the saber might have been given to him/her by Luke or somebody else.

      • Farrell

        sounds even more contrived and silly.

    • Jamesy

      It’s Michael Buble’s, the saber drops through the sky and we pan to see the hand with fingers clicking, then the bass line and symbols kick in. It’s that Michael Buble Jazz/Swing Star Wars crossover we’ve always wanted.

  • Gerry Rock

    well, the -hand through space- plot sounds pretty stupid, but, I will give a final verdict till I saw the movie. Right now, I’ll just read this articles without judging the film…

  • guest

    A hand… what???
    I don’t like it but again, will wait to see the movie.

  • Strong Enough

    So Luke loses another hand? So he has no HANDS? lmao

    that makes no sense. Unless Luke trained with using his other hand to fight with a light saber.

  • Karkaju

    Forget the bending of first grade science rules of a hand (human
    or robotic) being propelled into space and then drifting for 30 years while
    still holding a light saber…how the heck did it survive entering into a planet’s
    atmosphere without being burned into dust?

    That’s some badass Jedi powers on that hand.

  • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

    Ok, I’m assuming all this. The hand is seen floating in space with a lightsaber. The hand gets obliterated by re-entry but the lightsaber survives and it’s found by those kids. Sounds actually more plausible than they finding “the hand”… and less stupid I have to say.

  • 80sRobot

    So the title is Hand of the Jedi?

  • eternalozzie

    if this is true it is time to officially give up on Star Wars …if true this is going to be a lame old folks home movie … they should have just started from scratch with a new generation …

  • Daniel Brian Foster

    Not digging the hand thing. That sound fucking dumb, the hand and lightsaber would burn up entering the atmosphere. No plot logic bullshit can convince me otherwise.

  • Jerry

    So these 2 have Solo help them find Luke and return his lightsaber and hand?? Sound like Han has been given a Hand Job? Or is that Han Job? (Sorry was watching the Family Guy version again!)

  • GrimReaper07

    I hate being that guy, but wouldn’t the hand just burn to a crisp when it passes the atmosphere?


      Yes, yes, yes! I came to post this comment and you did it for me. That is an extremely basic detail… and if that actually happens in this film I will vomit.

      • GrimReaper07

        Maybe it’s his robotic hand? Either way its kind of impossible and slightly disappointing but I’ll roll with it.

    • Holf Rarris

      Join the vast queue to be one of “those guys”… virtually everyone on the page is mentioning this point!

      • GrimReaper07

        Most people are talking about whether that’s his hand cut off from Bespin, which it obviously isn’t. If this is true then its implied Luke fought, and lost a battle a few years ago. Still, some people did say the same as me, yeah. I hate being one of those guys complaining about a premise not being realistic in a Star Wars movie.

  • Cpt rex Kramer

    This is just plain stupid.


    Oddly enough this scoop has been floating around the internet for at least a couple weeks, I’ve seen this description before.

    In addition to the ‘hand would burn up in atmosphere’ issue, the galaxy is a massive place… the fact that the freaking floating hand just happens to find its way to a habitable planet, not burn up, and happens to be discovered is insane… so much shit falls out of the sky that we never discover. It would take that hand 30 years to get across half a solar system… so Luke better have lost his hand in that system, not ‘far far away’.

    That hunt for Luke is cool, the hand is idiotic.

  • DEADP00L

    That sounds soooooo boring… incidentally how does a hand survive entering a planets atmosphere?! Gods please let this be fake because that story is soooo not compelling. It’s both boring and dry and stupid.

  • Zachary Johnson

    There was a 90′s book from the Jedi Prince series that focused on the recovery of Darth Vader’s glove, the Gauntlet, to be used to signify the rise of a new Emperor. I know it’s not the same story, but there are elements very reminiscent of it. What’s more, why would they have not seen Luke in thirty years? It seems weird that if that was the case, they wouldn’t have looked for him of their own volition, as opposed to some random characters who don’t even know him. Further, Cloud City wasn’t in space–it hovered over Bespin. Just as Luke would have fallen down to the planet without the Millenium Falcon, wouldn’t his hand have?

  • Ryan S.

    Damn, and no wonder people like J.J. Abrams are so secretive about their films. Look at all of these comments judging the film, saying it will be terrible, all based on meager plot details and not a single frame of the film. What has been described could be great. It could also be terrible. It might not even be accurate. So let’s not judge the film more than year before its release date based on a few cryptic plot details.

    • guest

      you’re absolutely right

    • MJ

      Well put. I remember how cool Man of Steel sounded before-hand, and then it sucked.

    • Doug_101

      I think the bulk of it could be very cool. What’s hanging people up is the whole hand falling from space thing. As others have pointed out, while Star Wars is by no means hard sci-fi, re-entry isn’t really something you can get around.

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  • Kevin Carter

    Bwahahahaha….Your killing me…….Gotta love he rumor mill….

  • http://www.scifihistory.net/ E. Lee Zimmerman

    Yeah, sorry, but that sounds utterly stupid.

  • Agent777

    Wouldn’t Vader’s robot hand make more sense?

    • Cornelius Hawthorne

      But how would Vader’s severed robot hand grab Luke’s lightsaber (which Luke has when he arrives back on Endor) and survive the Death Star explosion?

  • Guest Jedi Master

    I’m pretty sure that when Luke falls onto the metal bars at the bottom of Cloud City there’s one (possibly two as I haven’t seen Empire in quite awhile) object that also falls with him when those metal doors initially open. If I am correct, then that object(s) is Luke’s severed hand and lightsaber.

  • theseeker7

    Okay just even the FIRST reason (of what would be certainly many) that occurs to me of why this would be absurd and unbelievable: obviously the hand getting cut off event happens at the end of Empire. Seeing as how we see that Luke has got a perfectly serviceable lightsaber all the way thru Jedi, it seems like going thru the trouble to return ANOTHER 30 year old weapon to this guy wouldn’t really be all that worth it or necessary.

  • Rental House Rat

    It does sound like Bullshit. His hand has just been floating around in space gripping a lightsaber for 30 years and when they find it they say ” hey lets get this hand back to Luke because its obviously his” Even though he’s got a new prosthetic one, he’ll want this as a souvenir. If Han and Chewie arent flying the falcon and its in the movie, who’s flying it, Chewies kids from the Star Wars Holiday Special?

  • josephjoe

    Was the hand/lightsaber flying through space at WARP Speed? Does the lightsaber have a WARP Drive? Total rubbish!

  • Bob

    I heard that they are actually going to have Han as a suicidal old man ready to end it all, his best years behind him. He flies the Falcon into a black hole but it doesn’t kill him, he is instead transported to 40 years prior, where he meets his younger self. Being a space pirate at heart, he attempts to give young Han the winning scores for future intergalactic sporting events. Young Luke suspects something is going on and stows away on the old Falcon as old Han flies it back through the black hole. He finds the future Death Star is owned by Han now, Leah has become his prisoner and unless Luke can somehow go back in time and stop it, they will never defeat the Empire.

    New timeline, bitches!

    Or maybe they find a severed hand and return it to Luke. I heard that too.

  • ixlplk

    There seems to be this continued rumor of a “search for Luke Skywalker”
    as the overarching plot. Since Lucas was once going to be the director
    of “Apocalypse Now” and certainly the BASIC idea for Episode 7 – and
    probably 8 and 9 as well – comes from him, I’m wondering if this new
    Star Wars might parallel “Apocalypse Now” to a certain degree with a mad
    Luke Skywalker gone “upriver” who’s “methods have become unsound” and
    the heroes have been “given a mission” to find him.

    • Let The Wookie Win

      I’m not sure Luke becoming Colonel Kurtz would float many fan’s boat. Although I would like to hear the line “I love the smell of thermal detonators in the morning.”

      • ixlplk

        But so many fans seem to be interested in this idea of flipping things and Luke turning to the dark side. And I don’t totally discount Lucas’ influence on this new trilogy, if only in that the very basic premise is his.

  • Let The Wookie Win

    This isn’t what happens. I was there

  • Let The Wookie Win

    The severed hand is totally Kahn

    • Guest

      Khan shot first.

  • Phil

    So what do they do…. Oh right. The hand or the lightsabre reminds them that Luke exists. That makes sense. Otherwise they couldn’t be bothered if he’d gone missing for 30 years. Sounds like typical JJ plot. No logic whatsoever.

  • Phil

    So what do they do…. Oh right. The hand or the lightsabre reminds them that Luke exists. That makes sense. Otherwise they couldn’t be bothered if he’d gone missing for 30 years. Sounds like typical JJ plot. No logic whatsoever.

  • Guest

    Am I the only one here who is actually less concerned about the hand and more concerned about the fact that the plot basicly has the bad guys building an even BIGGER bigger Death Star?

    “a super weapon, one capable of destroying not planets but entire solar systems…”

    I mean come the fuck on, is this really the best we can come up with?

    (for the record I believe this plot is completely fake, but still)

    • DEADP00L


      “a super weapon, one capable of destroying not planets but entire solar systems…

      “I mean come the fuck on….”

      Total win.

    • Josh

      When i heard Lucas sold Star Wars to Disney and they were working on a movie for 2015, the first thing i thought was that it will probably suck, and i think that might be true.

    • Andmeuths


      EU – the Sun Crusher.

      I hope Disney is NOT going to adapt THAT part of the EU in. IMO, it was one of the dumbest plots the Star Wars EU ever threw out.

      I really hope they don’t go for the “Imperial Superweapon of the week” approach the Star Wars EU actually devolved into, at one point.

      • Guest

        It must have been a sad day for the imperial superweapon designers when they found out that the name ‘Star Destroyer’ had allready been taken. Also, ‘Death Star of even more Death’ didn’t have such a nice ring to it, I guess.

  • newbiedm

    This sounds like the plot of a cheesy West End Games roleplaying game adventure. Those things had some cheese… “Luke’s severed hand lands on Tattooine and now the race is on! Find the relic and join the adventure…”

  • Redjester

    A severed hand floating through space? Part of the reason I was pushing for a (for example) David Fincher directed Star Wars is that I’ve always considered the SW U-Verse to be one that would lend itself really well to a darker, less kiddie-friendly reimagining.

    Anyway, assuming this is true, color me pleasantly surprised! I didn’t think Disney had it in them!

  • Redjester

    If they instead make it Han Solo’s leg, they might be able to explain why Han Solo is in a wheelchair for the entirety of the film.

  • Monk

    Remember Saoirse Ronan talking about her Star Wars audition? Sounds similar. http://screenrant.com/star-wars-episode-7-lightsaber-saoirse-ronan-audition/

    • 80sRobot

      That’s what I immediately thought: In her audition, Ronan was asked to pretend she happened to find the saber and had no idea what it was. So Ridley could be playing the part that Ronan auditioned for.

      However, if this cold opening is a hoax (I think it is), then the hoaxer could have come up with the idea of it based on Ronan’s audition.

  • 80sRobot

    As much grief as JJ Abrams gets (some of which is deserved), I doubt he would open the movie this way, which breaks the tradition of showing a spaceship or ships in outerspace after the title crawl.

    In fact, I believe Abrams is a fan of SW so much that I actually kind of fear the movie will look and feel way too reverential to the original trilogy.

  • Steelsheen

    Luke’s hand + lightsaber floating in space is a really cool visual, i’ll give them that, but even if they could logically explain how it got off Bespin and remained preserved for over 30 years in deep space i cant see how it can survive planetary re-entry for the new heroes to find on the ground….. unless of course they do a kind of Forest Gump-feather journey where it basically hitches a ride on other things and explains how it got to where it needs to be relatively unharmed.

  • SkyNet300

    Why would anyone post such garbage? Obviously this is made up.

  • TheMuppetManiac

    Did they rally have to one up the Death Star? It’s bad enough the Death Star was used as plot in all six Star Wars movies. Now they have just a more powerful one?

  • http://www.youtube.com/ispeakaboutnothing SomeGuyTalks

    Wasn’t there a novel, the Glove of the Darth Vader? that made sense some what. This on the hand (pun intended) is absurd. ….Quick to my microphone! I need to record my thoughts on this!

  • http://www.youtube.com/ispeakaboutnothing SomeGuyTalks

    Actually when i first started reading this I thought sure ok. Some bad guy is going to create a cloned army of skywalkers! enter the new sith army…..!!!

  • Manchego Cheese

    Would work better if it was just the saber floating through space. The image of it tumbling through a void then piercing the atmosphere of a planet, plummeting whilst buffeted by flames, only to crash into the desert a la the probe droids on Hoth would be quite cool.

    The idea is certainly consistent with Lucas’ intent for Episode I and IV, II and V mirroring one another a la poetry. The young hero meets the old, thus serving as the connective tissue between generations and sagas, Han is Obi-Wan as Anakin was Luke and Qui-Gon Obi-Wan…

    I quite liked the idea of a universe wide manhunt for Luke when I read it a couple weeks back. I think it a quite interesting opportunity to enrich his character. Since Jedi he’s learnt from the mistakes that the Jedi made, he’s exiled himself to better understand the Force and bind himself to it. He’s also bought the function of the Jedi back to basics, stripping it of everything that ultimately brought it down at the hands of the Sith.

    It could be similar-ish to T2, with good and bad forces racing each other to find a figure central to the fate of things to come.

    And just think of how epic Luke’s entrance could be. Is he dead? Alive? How is he? After 2 hours (32 years, really!) of waiting and wondering there he is, emerging as – hopefully – the Jedi he was destined to become the moment he Obi-Wan took him on his first steps into a wider world.

    He’ll be a completely new, albeit familiar, character.

  • Doug_101

    A search for Luke story could be good, but I’m hoping this severed hand clue is a red herring. If the whole haven’t seen Luke in 30 years is true, I’m wondering if Luke ends up as the big bad? However, if they stick with that floating hand thing, fans may end up screaming that they should have just adapted the Thrawn trilogy.

  • Joseph M

    Far away in a London production office, Abrams and Kennedy are reading all this online saying, “look! They’re all debating the severed hand story!” Many lols abound.

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  • Ryan Jones

    What if the kids on this “planet” found a holocron (JJ Mystery box) from Luke Skywalker only to later find out he is dead?

  • Louise Mossige

    Han is married to Luke’s sister. They are brothers-in-law. No way they would lose contact for thirty years!

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