Monday, February 2, 2015

Rumor: More 'The Force Awakens' Plot Tidbits

By: Dominic Jones

Our friends over at have been talking to their sources again and they have another round of interesting plot rumors for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.  They are expand on some previous rumors and seem to confirm some speculation from fans.  As usual, there is  a chance this could turn out to be false, so if you are trying to avoid all The Force Awakens rumors stop reading now.  This is your official SPOILER ALERT!
According the MSW's source,
Snow Planet – I’m told the snow planet is definitely not Hoth and was named RYOOME on several production documents.

Rey – Rey is not Daisy Ridleys’ characters name throughout the movie. It’s an alias to hide her true identity in true Star Wars tradition just like Padme/Amidala, Ben/Obi-Wan and Darth Vader/Anakin.

Death Star III - This is a big one that I’ve heard from two different people and if true would be a major shock. The movie features a weapon based on a remote planet. The weapon can detect Jedi across the Galaxy and is used by the Empire to hunt them down. This is why some Jedi are in hiding.

A major new ship codenamed ‘the mirror’ is also somehow connected to the weapon. The weapon is either too large or too powerful to be destroyed.  So…….the planet must be destroyed. And how do you destroy a planet in Star Wars? A Death Star. Leia, has to make an incredible decision to use a Death Star to destroy a planet. The planet is inhabited apart from Imperials. The Death Star? It was being built in secret by the New Republic. Leia discovers whats been going on and then has to make a decision whether to use it or not.

It sounds incredible but that’s what I’ve been told by a couple of different people.

And finally – This might come as a shock considering what all the actors have been saying but not everyone is entirely happy with the way the movie is heading. Several people have told me they feel like they are just ‘going over old ground’ with the things they are being asked to work on. The feeling is that The Force Awakens is a rehash of the original movie and doesn’t have enough new ideas in it.

The prequels were full of new ideas and concepts but as one person put it to me there’s a ‘lack of imagination’ around The Force Awakens and everything is just a riff on what’s already been done.

Sorry to end that on a negative note but that’s a common feeling I’m getting.

The cynic in me isn't really surprised by the fact that people feel there is a lack of imagination around the production.  Part of what made the prequels so unique was George's vision and willingness to not bow down to public pressures (mostly) and do what he wants.  I'll admit that I'm a little concerned that some of the reactions to the prequels has the people behind the scenes wanting to make the new films as much like the original trilogy as possible and that's leading to a lack of new ideas.

That being said, we have seen some unique ideas in the trailer, such as the new speed design for Rey, updated stormtrooper armor, and, of course, BB-8.  The team that's working on this film are some of the best of the best (JJ Abrams, Kathleen Kennedy, Lawrence Kasdan, Simon Kinberg, etc.) so I do have a hard time believing they would let Episode VII be unoriginal or lacking in imagination.

The other stuff is interesting as well.  I'm glad to hear more proof that the Snow planet isn't Hoth, and I really like the concept of Rey being a fake name used by the character early on in the film.  The super weapon part is where we get into the "lack of imagination" stuff for me.  I have a hard time believing that our heroes (especially if Luke is present) would consider blowing up a planet.

As always, this is just a rumor until confirmed or denied by Lucasfilm or Disney.

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