Posted on Sunday, July 20th, 2014 by Angie Han
Officially, the storyline of Star Wars Episode VII remains shrouded in mystery. J.J. Abrams isn’t saying much, and neither are his cast and crew. Unofficially, however, we may have our first taste of some concrete Star Wars Episode VII plot details today.
A rumored plot summary has been making its way around the web, and if accurate it has tons of juicy info. It lays out whom certain actors are playing, how some of the returning characters figure into the story, what the general scope of the film is, and more. Hit the jump to get the dirt.
Badass Digest is the source of this latest rumor. They’re generally reliable and have had some good scoops in the past, but it’s still worth taking all of the below with a grain of salt since none of it has been confirmed by Disney.
We should also point out the obvious at this juncture: Potential spoilers follow. If you want to go into Star Wars Episode VII completely unspoiled, now is a good time to close this page.
Okay, ready? Here’s how BD describes the story:
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…
You can get even more details on their site.
If the plotline sounds weirdly familiar, that’s probably because — as BD points out — the Episode VII plot is an intentional echo of the Episode IV plot. Whether that makes it a lazy ripoff or a loving homage is up to your interpretation. In any case, better an Episode IV copy than an Episode I copy, right?
Do you believe the report? If so, what do you think of the alleged storyline?