Posted on Friday, September 5th, 2014 by Germain Lussier
One of the first rules of reporting is that if you can’t get a primary source, get corroborating sources. Let’s say you’re trying to figure out what happens in Star Wars Episode VII. J.J. Abrams or Harrison Ford would be a primary source because they are directly involved. Since they can’t or won’t speak on the record about it, the best thing to do is find multiple unrelated people can who give you the same information. If you can get three people to corroborate something, that’s usually considered a fact.
We might now have two sources to push some big rumors toward fact.
Latino Review has been one of a handful of sources for the myriad Star Wars 7 rumors in the past few months. In a new column, they reveal almost everything they’ve reported was initially reported back in March on 4Chan. That seems to mean two independent sources have corroborated some of the biggest Star Wars 7 rumors/spoilers out there today.
Below, we’ll show you that original report and trace the links between the sites. Beware of massive spoilers.
I’m going to put all the black text below, but in white. Highlight if you want to read. Then I’ll break down some of it.
MAJOR SPOILERS BELOW. Highlight to view them.
>Leia is made leader of the Republic after her predecessor’s death
>Han is a retired veteran of the Republic fleet
>Luke hasn’t been seen in nearly 30 years
>the lead character is Han and Leia’s daughter
>the other lead is the child of Lando, and either a male or female depending on who is cast
>the other lead is a Stormtrooper, also either a male or female depending on who is cast
>dialogue for these two characters is very rough in the second draft
>Luke has no known offspring
>The Empire still exists in the form of a number of loyal galaxies and are in a state of cold war with the Republic
>The Empire is simply referred to as the “Empire,” and the Republic is referred to formally only once, as the “Galactic Republic;” no “New” anywhere
>There are no Jedi whatsoever, and people still speak as if they are extinct, with Luke being “the last of his kind”
>The main antagonists are an older student of the Emperor, and his apprentice
>The apprentice takes control of the power dynamic between the two pretty quickly…
>The Republic are excavating ruins on a neutral world for a weapon; the world factors into tense negotiations the Empire have had with the Republic, and is referred to as the “Sith Homeworld”
>Loredump: In the script, the Sith are a couple thousand years old, founded by an ancestor of Palpatine called Ruin; the apprentice in this film also goes by that name
>the ruins within the Sith Homeworld are a control station; the planet itself is the weapon
>Luke saves the day at the end, but in a bad way; he has changed
We’re back. I’m now going to discuss those potentially major spoilers in relation to what we’ve already been discussing. So, again, major spoilers below.
Solo’s daughter and the Stormtrooper as two main characters point to Daisy Ridley and John Boyega. Ridley sitting between Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher in the first photo originally lead to that speculation, and subsequent rumors said Boyega was some kind of defecting Stormtrooper. Lando’s child could possibly be Crystal Clarke, an actress officially cast who we haven’t heard much from since. Of course the Luke missing thing has long been a rumor, reported by both Latino Review and Badass Digest among others.
It’s the villain stuff that’s the most striking. There’s the link to the Emperor, which was a rumor from just a few days ago, as well as the idea of the Sith Homeworld playing a role and the fact that a planet acts a weapon. All of that we’d heard before. We even heard the name “Ruin” as a villain in a recent Latino Review report. Almost everything matches.
The one thing that’s new in this report is that last line about Luke saving the day, but in a bad way. “He has changed.” Does Luke Skywalker become the villain for the next two movies? That would be incredible. Or, maybe, Han Solo or the younger generation takes care of him. Either way, it sounds appropriately epic… if its true.
Are either of these sources reporting facts? Who knows? It’s always possible the 4Chan user “Mizzlewump” is just Latino Review’s source running an awesome long con. That’s absolutely possible. It might even be likely. If you wanted to fool the Internet into believing these things, planting a seed and then letting it sprout later would be genius.
Then again, the simplest explanation is usually the right one and a person who just wants to be credited with being THE person to post all the information seems as likely as anything.
Anyway, lots of food for thought. What do you think about these latest Star Wars 7 rumors? And do you think a Mizzlewump could also be a Star Wars Episode VII reference?Cool Posts From Around the Web: