*Lucasfilm and J.J. Abrams are trying to keep details surrounding “Star Wars: Episode VII” under wraps, but there are websites dedicated to exposing secrets, and according to the Huffington Post, one of them claims it may have figured out the roles of Lupita Nyong’o, David Oyelowo and Adam Driver.
The website Making Star Wars apparently has insider sources at Pinewood Studios, where J.J. Abrams’ first entry in the new trilogy is now filming, who spoke about the villains that will be introduced.
Their report comes with a large disclaimer that says the information “could be accurate or inaccurate.” But, if their sources are correct, here’s what we can glean about “Episode VII”:
The villains will be called Jedi Hunters. They dress in black, often wear helmets and track down Jedi for the fallen Empire. They carry lightsabers, come with a horde of troopers also donning black and, according to Making Star Wars’ synthesis, are reminiscent of the Inquisitors seen in the upcoming animated series “Star Wars Rebels.”
One source says Nyong’o, Driver and Oyelowo are the film’s core Jedi Hunters. Nyongo’o has reportedly been seen walking around the set wearing “yellow contact lenses” while she tests them out for the role.
Sources say the Jedi Hunters are the reason there won’t be a New Republic in the next film. The hunters idolize the Sith and want to resurrect them post-“Return of the Jedi,” when the Rebels decimated the Empire. That means part of the “Episode VII” plot may find the Jedi Hunters following their decree to restore the Order of the Sith Lords.
Luke Skywalker has reportedly been fighting to stop the Jedi Hunters’ ascension for the past 30 years, which is the time span that will have lapsed between “Return of the Jedi” and “The Ancient Fear” (if that is indeed what “Episode VII” is titled).
All of this villainous development may ultimately lead to the resurrection of Darth Sidious, otherwise known as Emperor Palpatine, whom Darth Vader killed at the end of “Return of the Jedi.”