Since its introduction to audiences in 1977, the Star Wars series took the world by storm, producing movies that have been blockbusters in every decade since the original was released.
People just can’t seem to help themselves when it comes to Star Wars, as the collective fandom willingly dishes out billions of dollars in movie tickets, toys, costumes, video games, tattoos, fast-food combos and anything else related to the mega-popular franchise. While Jaws may be considered the first, prototypical blockbuster, Star Wars refined the concept of blockbuster filmmaking, including movie merchandise tie-ins, sequels and audiences lining up and clamoring for more.
J.J. Abrams, creator of Lost and the Star Trek reboot films, has been hired to bring fresh energy and new ideas to the Star Wars franchise, building on some of the most popular characters and storylines in the universe. Star Wars: The Force Awakens recently released its first teaser trailer.
Cue an explosion of rumors, theories and other innuendo that has spread like wildfire, igniting the imagination of millions of Star Wars fans around the earth. High hopes radiate from those fans wishing to rebound from the middle trilogy, which wasn’t as well received as the first three films. Of course, it’s doubtful that all the rumors surrounding the new installment will come to fruition. But even if a few of these tidbits leaked through the trailer, on the internet and even through toy manufacturers come true, fans will be in for a wild ride over the next half decade.
10. The Force: Re-explained
The Phantom Menace prequel drew plenty of ire due to the explanation of the force as a phenomenon that can be measured biologically.
In reaction to this, it’s reported that officials from Disney along with George Lucas, J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan had a meeting in which Abrams and Kasdan pitched a darker vision of the Star Wars universe.
In this universe, Jedi are fallible and the force is quantifiable, leading to the notion that even the most powerful Jedi are unaware of the full extent of the limits of the force or the consequences of this power. This meeting resulted in the title, “The Force Awakens”, signifying that audiences can expect an interpretation of the force closer to the original trilogy.
9. Star Wars Kung Fu and Parkour
Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian and Cecep Arif Rahman, all of whom are martial arts specialists involved in the amazingly violent “The Raid” movies, have been cast in the upcoming Star Wars movie.
This hints at J.J. Abrams’ wish to utilize top-level cinematic fighting talent, similar to how Ray Park infused the Phantom Menace with his brand of Wushu. Parkour specialists Christina Chong and Pip Anderson were also hired to contribute their high-flying skills.
Considering these casting choices, it seems that the new trilogy will feature unprecedented and spectacular acrobatics that would fit into the Star Wars universe well, considering the power of the force.
8. Hasbro Leaks Half a Decade of Star Wars
A training session in Germany for Hasbro toy employees allegedly resulted in some leaks. Employees were taught about the merchandise from the upcoming Star Wars films, inadvertently leaking a rough schedule of half a decade of Star Wars films.
This revealed plans for six new Star Wars movies and spurred even more rumors. Every year from now until 2020, fans can look forward to a new Star Wars film being released in theaters, including a group of spin-off films that appear to be designed to add to the texture of the Star Wars universe.
7. Potential Spin-off Movies
In addition to a new trilogy adding to the film canon, rumors suggest that one spin-off movie will be released after each trilogy movie. The leading candidates for the subjects of the spin-offs are currently Boba Fett, Han Solo and “Red Five”.
6. Andy Serkis: The Evilest Sith?
Andy Serkis will have a small voice acting role of considerable importance. Murmurs suggest he will play an alien Sith who falls outside the Rule of Two (which states there can only be one Sith master and apprentice, with the apprentice eventually becoming the master Sith by destroying the teacher). As a result, Serkis’ character is incredibly old and powerful, even using Emperor Palpatine to advance his own purposes. The narrator for the teaser trailer is rumored to Andy Serkis’ character.
5. Luke Skywalker is the New Yoda
In The Force Awakens, Luke’s abilities with the force will be as powerful, or almost, as the strength of Yoda’s skills. As a result, Skywalker will end up secluding himself from the rest of the galaxy, placing himself in exile to serve a motive known only to him.
The story features no Jedi practitioners out in the open, resulting in very few students visiting and training with Luke, although rumors suggest that characters played by John Boyega and Daisy Ridley will eventually be new students of Luke. Skywalker’s new apprentice will be played by Lupita Nyong’o and the two will apparently have a romance. Only Han and Leia know Luke’s whereabouts.
4. Chewie’s Robot Arm and Lifelong Debt
Chewbacca loses an arm during a battle in the war of attrition that has sucked everyone into the long conflict at the heart of the new Star Wars films. This would be a great parallel to Luke losing his arm in The Empire Strikes Back, considering that Skywalker also loses a limb due to (spoiler) family issues.
Robot-arm Chewie would also match the overall darker tone of the new films, providing the audience with a visual reminder of the consequences of war. In addition to the cybernetic limb, it appears that Chewbacca’s debt to Han will be extended to include Solo’s entire family.
One of the most iconic symbols of Star Wars is also one of the most hotly debated topics among the leaks and rumors for the new installments in this series. The revelation of the cross-guard lightsaber wielded by the mysterious Kylo Ren whipped fans into a frenzy.
Many believed the new lightsaber to be an ancient Sith artifact due to the flame-like effect that occurs when drawn, compared to the laser-like activation of normal lightsabers.
It’s believed that Kylo will find the ancient Sith lightsaber during the course of the movie, because he uses a regular saber during other portions of the teaser trailer. Speculation also suggests that Luke’s blue lightsaber, which he lost while on Bespin, is being held by John Boyega’s character, lending credence to previous rumors of his story arc colliding with Skywalker.
2. The Daughter Solo
Daisy Ridley will be playing Han and Leia’s tomboy daughter Kira, who is rumored to be revealed as the Solo offspring in a spectacular fashion. She lives with Max Von Sydow’s character, apparently a broken-down humanoid who replaced most of his body with cyborg technology.
Sydow’s cyborg, insensitive to the force, acts as a mentor to Kira; she resents Luke’s self-exile due to her sensitivity to the force. Kira hides her identity as a Solo to avoid trouble and searches for historical artifacts infused with the force in an attempt to bring Skywalker out of hiding.
1. – The Skywalker Son
Domhnall Gleeson will play an Imperial officer that switches sides and joins a group of “good guys” with the Republic. Rumors state that his character will evolve into an antihero character that offers the actor one of the juiciest roles in the new movie.
Eventually, he’ll be revealed as Luke’s son around the third act, with his mother revealed later on in the third part of the film.