Star Wars: Episode VII Plot Leak? (Potential Spoilers)

LukenohandsmaThe Guardian reports today on an as-yet-unconfirmed leak of plot details about the story of Star Wars: Episode VII, in production in England and Abu Dhabi right now:

A US film blog has posted what it claims are essential plot details from the upcoming new Star Wars film, Episode VII.

Badass Digest claims JJ Abrams’ movie focuses on the hunt for Luke Skywalker after an opening scene in which the ageing Jedi Knight’s severed hand, complete with lightsaber, tumbles through space and is found on a desert planet by two young adventurers. The pair, played by Britain’s Daisy Ridley and John Boyega, recognise the weapon as a Jedi weapon and set out to return it to its rightful owner.

According to the site: “Their quest takes them off world, and they meet up with Han Solo and Chewbacca, who aren’t flying around in the Millennium Falcon anymore … Han and Chewie recognise the lightsaber 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 … “

As with any movie rumor, take it with a big grain of salt.  That said, the fact that Disney has “so far refused to confirm or deny the rumoured plot details” suggests to me that there might be some truth to them.  The story is also different enough from what I imagined in my head to ring true, in a way.  Abrams & co. would obviously be looking to subvert fan expectations as much as possible–both in an attempt to keep superfans guessing and also to stray deliberately from the childish pap that was the prequels.

Another reason I feel like this rumor might be accurate is its content.  While Abrams and Disney have repeatedly confirmed that the Star Wars sequels will involve new stories not taken from the extant Expanded Universe, that doesn’t mean they haven’t cannibalized different story elements from some of the better EU books.

While Luke apparently disappearing after Return of the Jedi is entirely new, the involvement of his severed hand echoes part of the plot of Timothy Zahn’s Thrawn Trilogy, including the novels Heir to the Empire, Dark Force Risingand The Last Command.  The Thrawn Trilogy set the tone for the EU and, in many fans’ minds, has yet to be eclipsed in terms of quality as far as Star Wars sequels go, canonical or not.  You can read a summary of the plot on Wikipedia.

Without spoiling the story too much, I will say that the Thrawn Trilogy involves a Jedi Master, Luke’s severed hand, and clones.  It’s that last part–the idea of cloning–that really intrigues me here.  Are we going to see a Luke clone?  What other significance could Luke’s severed hand possible have?

Luke’s hand, cut off by Darth Vader on Bespin in The Empire Strikes Back, also featured in Shadows of the Empire, the bridge novel between Empire and Jedi.

Either way, if this is true, I like where it’s going.  Not just because of the possible Thrawn connection, but because the idea of Luke disappearing after the events of Return of the Jedi is intriguing, and certainly serves to address worries that the filmmakers might be hanging the plot too heavily on Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher.  The Guardian goes on:

Badass Digest’s report would appear to contradict the widely held assumption that Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford, returning to the classic roles of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo from the original trilogy which hit cinemas between 1977 and 1983, will be the obvious leads in Episode VII. Ridley and Boyega are part of a swathe of actors – also including Girls’ Adam Driver and Ingmar Bergman regular Max von Sydow – who were confirmed by studio Disney in May.

This is the first really exciting news I’ve heard since production started.

Marvel Studios Release Schedule

MarvelStudios-AFTHotWtTHMarvel Studios has released their release schedule (see what I did there?) for all of the shared universe films green-lit through 2019.  And they are:

  • July 28, 2017
  • November 3, 2017
  • July 6, 2018
  • November 2, 2018
  • May 3, 2019

They haven’t released the titles of these films yet, but we can make some educated guesses.  Here’s Ain’t It Cool News:

We don’t really know what these are going to be, but Marvel probably has a specific time they’ve chosen to unveil some, if not all, of said titles (*cough*ComicCon*cough*). Obviously, one’s gonna be DOCTOR STRANGE (probably 7/28/17), and we may even get a BLACK PANTHER or HULK sequel. Plus, I’m not sure these are only Phase Three films; if we go by the current formula of 4/5 films between AVENGERS flicks, then we could see the next omnibus team-up in 2018, putting those last one or two in Phase Four territory.

But that’s all speculation. Phase Three could very well be comprised of 7 films.

They’re knocking these out at a rate of two a year these days, and I wouldn’t be surprised if we hear about another 2019 release unless Feige & Co. publicly decide to take a well-deserved breather.

Black Panther could be truly awesome, but The Avengers: Age of Ultron will set the tone for everything that comes after it.  Can they keep up the quality?

Guess Who the Next Star Trek Movie Villian Is? (SPOILERS)

TrekMovie.com reported today that they have confirmed the identity of the villain character in the sequel to J.J. Abrams’ 2009 Trek reboot.  Benedict Cumberbatch has been known to be portraying the next villain for some time, but it wasn’t until recently that his character was revealed.

Click here to find out who it is.  You may or may not be surprised.

Men In Black 3 Trailer #2

‘Prometheus’ Trailer 2

Wow.  Really excited now.

Do We Know the Plot of Iron Man 3 Already?

Latino Review and io9 think they do, anyway.  It seems like there may be hints pointing towards Iron Man 3 involving elements from the Extremis story arc.

http://latinoreview.springboardplatform.com/mediaplayer/springboard/video/ltrv001/955/454845/

Final ‘Avengers’ Trailer

Squee.

Prometheus Viral Footage ‘Ted 2023′

Incredible.  More excited than ever about this film.  Does anyone else sense a Steve Jobs allusion here?

 

I’m not sure I completely understand the ongoing confusion (up until this video came out) about whether or not Prometheus is directly connected to the Alien universe/films.  It obviously is.  The Space Jockey, seen in the first trailer, is straight out of Alien.  The derelict ship is straight out Alien.  How is this movie not connected to Alien?

Poll: Which Judge Dredd Looks Cooler?

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Hearing Karl Urban’s Judge Dredd voice today made me think about the upcoming Dredd film reboot (titled simply “Dredd”) for the first time.  And since we don’t know much more about the film than what the cast and crew have said about it and what can be gleaned from a few production photos, I focused on the look of Dredd himself.

My first impression was that I’m not sure I like the new costume better than the costume from the 1995 Sylvester Stallone film Judge Dredd.  I was 13 when the Stallone movie came out.  I loved it, critics be damned.  Looking back, I have a nostalgic, campy appreciation for it, but Karl Urban and company will be hard-pressed not to improve upon it.  On a totally superficial level, though, I can’t decide whether I like the new, more “realistic,” quasi-tactical look they’re going for with Dredd’s armor.  Stallone’s costume is hardly practical, but it seems truer to the character from the comics.  Also, is it just me or does Urban’s helmet make his head look too big in proportion to his body?

What do you think?  Which Dredd is cooler?

What If Episode I was Good?

From Belated Media, a hypothetical discussion of how The Phantom Menace could have been a good movie:

[Via io9]

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