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Production for the highly anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII has been ongoing for over a month now, and director J.J. Abrams has managed to keep things extremely tight under wraps so far, as he’s hoped to do. So far, all we really know about Episode VII is that it takes place 30 years after Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, and that the cast will be a mix of classic and new characters.
However, as far as the actual plot is concerned, we have learned next to nothing so far; which is an impressive feat for a big-budget film to keep secret for even this long. Sooner or later, we’d hope to learn a bit more about the movie; though you can’t help but admit the suspense is pretty refreshing.
And of course, like any blockbuster, rumors have been circulating for months. Some more plausible than others, of course, but exciting no less. Word hit the web that we will not see a “New Republic”, at least not one established at the beginning of Episode VII. Another rumor that goes hand-in-hand with this is that the reason for no New Republic is due to “Jedi Hunters”; a group of name-given mercenaries who worship the Sith.
If the above is true, it sounds like Luke Skywalker and Co. will have been kept busy for the past few decades, fighting off these Jedi Hunters and attempting to restore peace throughout the galaxy. All signs point to these rumors at least being quite possible, as it’s no wonder the aging Luke, Han and Leia would call upon the franchises’ new-comers Oscar Isaac, Daisy Ridley or Domhnall Gleeson for help in doing so.
A new report from popular news site JoBlo reports some new info regarding the possible state of the galaxy at the start of Episode VII. It proves that the Battle of Endor and the destruction of the second Death Star- and with it the death of Emperor Palpatine- did not in fact put an end to the Galactic Empire. Read the detailed rumors below:
– In general the setting looks kind of post-apocalyptic with a lot of leftover vestige from the empire. It seems much more dark and rough than the prequels. The feeling was that it has not been easy in the last 30 years since RETURN OF THE JEDI, probably with a very long war to truly “end” the empire.
– There are still white storm troopers in action. The empire is probably not completely dead.
For anyone familiar with the Star Wars Expanded Universe (EU) material, this sounds an awful lot like the type of setting depicted in the Dark Empire comics (although that series takes place only five or six years after Episode VI, not thirty). The talk of remnants, destruction and tiring battles fits the description perfectly. Remember though, material from EU past does not match up with the film canon anymore. But hey, that doesn’t mean inspiration can’t still be drawn.
As for the Storm Troopers, it still makes sense. All you have to do is watch the Star Wars: The Clone Wars TV series (or even the end scene of Episode II: Attack of the Clones) to learn just how many, and how rapidly the cloned troops were produced some fifty years ago. Odds are a handful of them are still around, pledged to the Empire.
What do you think about these new potential details for Episode VII? Stay tuned for up-to-date info about the movie.
Star Wars: Episode VII hits theaters December 18th, 2015, directed by J.J. Abrams.
– Josh Sazin, 6/19/14