As is par for the course, JJ Abrams’ mystery box for Star Wars: Episode VII has been nigh impenetrable. There have been a few brief peeks inside (those leaked set photos), but they really haven’t shed any significant amount of light on the highly anticipated/dreaded film’s story. Until now. Maybe.
Devin Faraci at Badass Digest has apparently got his hands on some version of maybe a portion of a script and has written up his thoughts on it. Now I have to point out this info has not officially confirmed by Disney/Lucasfilms in any way, shape or form, but I also have to point out that this is Devin Faraci at Badass Digest. They run a pretty tight ship over there, and are not in the habit of posting scoops unless the source has been vetted thoroughly.
We have seen the most reliable people fooled in the past about a story’s veracity, so take this with a pinch of salt. That being said, and despite the fact that Faraci is only speaking about the film’s opening and has intentionally worded his write-up so as not to blatantly give away any serious surprises but rather keep everything vague , a SPOILER WARNING is still very much in effect if you wanted to go into Episode VII completely fresh. Scroll down below this fan made poster for Episode VII if you want to read on.
Still here? Well, then were’s what Faraci had to say:
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…
Luke’s hand? There are already lots of people speculating that this is the hand that Vader cut off on Bespin’s Cloud City, but that opens up a series of questions. How did the hand get from Cloud City (which is in the planet’s atmosphere) into outer space? And once it got to outer space, how did it end up on the other side of the galaxy if that is Tattooine it landed on?
Some argue that this is in fact not the Cloud City hand, but that would then imply that somehow Luke had managed to get his other hand chopped off at some point. Is he just the clumsiest Jedi the galaxy has ever seen? Either way, whichever hand you believe it to be, how did it not burn up in the atmosphere when falling to the planet?
It’s tiny details like these that make me want to call bantha poodoo on this story. However, the rest of the story does line up with other rumblings we’ve been hearing, about John Boyega’s character’s motivations, Harrison Ford’s big central role in the film and how the script is a massive nod to Episode IV (replace falling hand with R2-D2, and missing Luke with captured Leia). Faraci also points out this last point, but specifically mentions that this may be an homage but not a copy. Not every ice or desert planet we see now, is one we’ve already seen in the past *nudge nudge wink wink*
And while Ford may be central to the plot, Faraci also goes on to mention though that he’s been hearing from insiders that it’s John Boyega that thoroughly owns this movie. After breaking out with Attack the Block, this will probably be the role that turns him into a bona fide big time movie star. Correction: action movie star, as Faraci says that he’s been hearing amazing things about the film’s action set pieces.
So what do you guys think? Does this sound legit? If so, are you in favour of the Episode IV throwback or do you find it lazy and cheesy? Or maybe you just wish that none of this is even happening and you would rather go back to actually watching the original trilogy all over again for the billionth time?
Last Updated: July 21, 2014