In the lead up to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we desperately wanted to know what the film was about, but Disney and J.J. Abrams wouldn’t budge. I can’t recall another blockbuster that kept such a tight lid on the plot, and kudos for them seeing it through. I doubt Rian Johnson will put that much emphasis on secrecy, and while the box office numbers might reinforce the importance of mystique, the studio, which loves to oversell its movies, will likely chalk up the success to this singular event and resort to their old playbook.
Left in the dark on Episode VII, there were plenty of rumors, some wilder than others, and I’ve collected some of them below. All of these rumors pertain to story rather than who the studio would hire to direct or how they would cast the film. These early reports may have been working off bad info or an earlier version of the script. I can’t wait for the day when the veil is lifted on this movie and we get a warts-and-all retelling, especially when it comes to learning how much of screenwriter Michael Arndt‘s work remains (if any) and how the Lucasfilm story handled the film. Finally, all of these stories were taken from our own archives. We didn’t touch the huge spoilers that were leaked because those were probably true, and we didn’t want to contribute to ruining the film for anyone.
Also, as you read this article over, I hope it hammers home the importance of why rumors for blockbuster movies should be taken lightly.
MASSIVE SPOILERS BELOW IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THE FORCE AWAKENS.