WookieeLeaks: The ‘Star Wars: Episode 7′ Spoilers You Should Read and the Ones You Should Avoid
ScreenCrush’s WookeieLeaks is a weekly roundup of everything 'Star Wars'! From 'Star Wars: Episode 7,' to the upcoming spinoffs and the TV shows, if it pertains to that long ago, far away galaxy, we’re covering it here, bringing you our expert analysis. This week, a massive spoiler leaks online, a whole bunch of not-so-massive spoilers leak as well, and learn which major director could have directed 'Star Wars: Episode 7.'
The Spoiler You Shouldn't Read
When it rains, it pours and when it comes to 'Star Wars: Episode 7' spoilers, this past week was a hurricane. As has been the case in the past few months, each new story detail or leaked concept art image has inspired countless follow-ups, with every website in the scoop-hunting game going out of their way to one-up each other, offering more detailed descriptions, more in-depth character details and more story spoilers. Honestly, it's been like Christmas if you're a detail-hungry 'Star Wars' fan ... but things may have gone a little too far.
Most of the spoilers written about so far (and reported in this column) have been fairly simple stuff. Act one stuff. Pieces of concept art that exist to sell a tone. Random speculation based on forum posts that may or may not be true. However, this Cold War of escalating 'Star Wars: Episode 7' scoops reached its climax when one site published a spoiler from the end of the film, detailing a scene described as the "I am your father" moment from the film. Enough other reputable sites chimed in to verify its accuracy.
Because this is a 'Star Wars' news column, we will link to the spoiler in a bit, but know this: we read 'Star Wars: Episode 7' spoilers all day, every day and we regret reading this one. It's a big deal and it's going to get a very, passionate response from fans. It's going to intrigue some and anger others. Unless it's a completely fake beat invented by Lucasfilm to misdirect us (and if so, well-played J.J. Abrams!), it's going to be one of the biggest and most important developments yet in the 'Star Wars' saga. It's one of the riskiest things they could have possibly done with this movie.
This could ruin the movie for you. Don't read it. But if you must, it's right here. Just keep it to yourself, okay? Don't be that jerk.
Anyway, a leak this massive may actually force director J.J. Abrams to relent on his "mystery box" approach to movie marketing. By keeping every single detail in the dark, fans have demanded details and the fan sites have responded. Other directors and studios have mastered the art of properly teasing their films, releasing juuust enough details to keep the fans happy. Could these leaks have been controlled if Abrams and company would, you know, just tell us character names and release images every so often? That's the big question.
A Massive Deluge of Spoilers You Can Read
But, enough with the dour warnings and ramblings about controlling the flow of information from a blockbuster movie! Let's dive into the little scoops that shouldn't ruin anything for you! Still, if you're the kind of viewer who wants to go into 'Star Wars: Episode 7' as blind as possible, consider everything in the section below to be a SPOILER.
First, let's take a look at this report from Badass Digest, which reveals the nature of Max von Sydow's character. When the casting of this legendary actor was announced, everyone immediately assumed that he would be a major villain. Not quite! Read on:
Remember that I told you the movie begins with the discovery of the lightsaber? Well, it isn't Daisy Ridley who discovers it but rather a blue alien guy. He brings it to a salvage yard where Kira - that seems to be what Ridley's character's name is, or at least what they're calling her on set - sees it. She's hanging out there with von Sydow, who is an old cyborg dude, a guy who maybe has dementia. He talks a lot of nonsense. But as soon as that lightsbaber shows up, he gets lucid. He recognizes it. He begins to talk about the old days, name drops a couple of Prequel Trilogy characters, even. And then, after Kira and the alien leave he makes a call to a mysterious figure. "It's here," he says. But who is he calling?
Soon after this was published, the folks over at Making Star Wars chimed in with some details of their own. This guy could be the glue that holds the entire franchise together. After all, he's been around to see the events of all previous six films:
Max von Sydow character is Star Wars: Episode VII is not an ancient Sith Lord or a supernatural being with an awesome voice. He’s a beaten man. He’s old enough to have lived through the Clone Wars, seen the Intergalactic Civil War unfold and then the aftermath of the fall of Emperor Palptaine. He’s no longer a man, he’s a cyborg. His eye is obscured by a ocular viewing device, most likely from a past injury which mean the could no longer use the eye with any ease. One leg is entirely cybernetic now, almost like a Super Battledroid but with metallic claws where his toes would be. He sits at a bar drinking, wary, and old. If you have an oddity, a rare weapon, you might want to bring it to him for evaluation.
But let's double back to that Badass Digest report, which revealed that the set that's been the subject of all those aerial photographs is the rebel base at the Massassi Temple on Yavin IV, last seen in the climax of 'Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.' Yes, the nostalgia is strong with this one. And a bonus tidbit: Chewbacca may or may not have a, uh, new disfigurement:
You know all those shots from Greenham Common Air Base, with the X-Wing fighters and the Millenium Falcon? That's a familiar location - it's the Massassi Temple from the original Star Wars. Yup, they're back on Yavin IV.
Ok, here's one bonus piece of info: there are pieces of concept art that show Chewbacca with a cybernetic hand, having lost it in a battle sometime after the events of Jedi. Will that be in the final film? I don't know - there's other concept art where he's got both furry hands intact.
And that brings us to another cool scoop from that same article. It seems that Daisy Ridely's character, who may or may not be named "Kira," has found a rather interesting place to live:
Kira's got a pretty cool place to call home. She lives inside an abandoned AT-AT, knocked over on its side. Remember, AT-ATs are 'all-terrain,' so while we saw them only on a snow world, they would work just as easily on the desert planet where Episode VII opens.
As before, Making Star Wars soon provided an even more details description of her unique dwelling:
On a desert planet, there’s a canyon, sandy and brown. In front of the canyon is a downed AT-AT walker, laying on its side. A young girl sits atop of the mechanical beast’s head. She gazes outward towards the end of the canyon where her hopes and dreams may one day be realized, not unlike Luke Skywalker yearning for more from his mundane life. For now, this is her home, the wreckage of years of intergalactic warfare. The legs of the AT-AT are partially obscured by sand at the “ankles” but pop out at the feet. This walker has been there for some time and nature has began to take the machine into the earth. The AT-AT lays on its left side, its head leveled by the dirt from which its head smashed into during a battle some time ago. The right side of the body of the AT-AT faces upwards, battle scared, shot by many laser blasts which no doubt brought the machine down. Battle wreckage is littered all around the fallen beast. This is the dwelling of the new hero from Star Wars: Episode VII.
The underbelly has large pieces of cloth draped over it to protect the dwelling from the environment. A small ship is hidden inside the belly, like a garage. In the distance you can see TIE-Fighters which have been downed into the sand. AT-ST head sits, its body below the dirt. You can see another AT-AT body in the distance, its coverings eroded away with time.
The best part of the 'Star Wars' universe has always been how used and lived-in this galaxy feels. Knowing that the film will directly deal with the aftermath of a long and costly war is fascinating. The image of wrecked Imperial ships and walkers being used as homes and for salvage years after they were shot down is fascinating and paints a perfect image of the state of the 'Star Wars' universe at this point in the story.
Let's take a break from sources that have proven reliable in the past to dive into something a little less reputable. According to a very detailed forum post (and backed up by the good folks over at Slashfilm), 'Star Wars: Episode 7' will feature this very cool sounding scene:
Daisy arrives to Cantina in search of Han or Luke I believe. She is confronted by an alien, she lifts her blaster to him, he then takes it from her hand “Don’t point a blaster at someone if you are not going to use it” and points it at her. At this point Chewie (With arm Bandaged/In a Sling) intimidates the alien, “What good is a one armed wookie” Chewie then rips the guys arm off and hands the blaster back to Daisy.
Cut to the outside of the Cantina as a Planet/Moon is blown up outside, Han is present here (Wearing a thin cut, waist length leather jacket, boots etc, a “Matching outfit”) oh and he still has his blaster. I don’t know if he has just arrived to meet up with Daisy and Chewie, but he is cutting through the crowd of onlookers as everyone is witnessing the destruction of “Whatever” was blown up in the sky.
And while we're talking about descriptions of cool scenes that may or may not be in the movie, this post sounds like it could be describing the new quartet of heroes at the center of the new trilogy. Our big question: who is the alien they're talking about? Could that be Andy Serkis' character?
Night time under the cover of darkness. Four characters convene.
Imagine the next generation of R2 unit. A jump as drastic as theReturn of the Jedi Stormtrooper to the Star Wars: Episode VII Stormtrooper. Sleeker, more futuristic, yet somehow still a little bit 1950s with a dash of Art Nouveau included.
The droid is smaller than R2-D2 and Chopper. His head is just above the knee, but not quiet to the hip, he’s tiny. His head is silver like Artoo-Detoo but his markings are red. He has a single eye and two antennas on the top of his head. His neck has a black covering that kind of accordions when he looks around and connects to his body. He is similar to something you might see inWall-E mixed with one of the senate cams in Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace. He has a holographic projector in the same place as Artoo-Detoo as well. His head looks up.
He’s cute but kind of sad looking in a way.
Standing next to him we have an alien. He’s slightly taller. His face reminds me of Station from Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey. His eyes are just black and tiny, his mouth is almost a round snout which is sort of like an armadillo. His skin is a darker brown color but in this image it appears blue from the light. He has a towel on his head and his costume appears to be similar to a kimono.
In the foreground, Daisy Ridley’s character Kira stands startled as a character ignites a lightsaber and it is very clear this is an unexpected occurrence and all the characters are startled by the enigmatic beam emitting from the lazer sword just turned on accidentally. John Boyega’s character has the lightsaber in hand as the characters all look on amazed.
Kira’s discovery is further enhanced by Boyega’s character’s discovery. This could be one of the most memorable sequences from the next trilogy of Star Wars films.
Finally, let's scrape the bottom of the spoiler bucket: 'Star Wars: Episode 7' will feature a junker ship and a pig alien. Here you go:
Kira has a junker ship which has tow cables that detach from it to pull junk across the sandy planet on which she lives. The cockpit is in the center of the ship and is not unlike a B-29 Bomber. Stylistically it reminds me of the ships from Terminator that attack John Conor’s rebels. The cockpit holds two pilots in the front and there is probably room for more in the short fuselage. The back of the ship fans out. There are no weapons as it is not an attack ship.
The ship has four engines, large engines. The large engines on the bottom are on the sides while two smaller engines sit above it, but close together. Imagine an X-wing fighter from Episode IV if the engines on the bottom where bigger. In some depictions the top of the ship has two X-wing engines for the smaller engines.
The version of the ship parked inside the AT-AT garage has four engines, two on the bottom, two towards the outside and they’re all the same size. There is yet another third design that is bulkier. I believe the first description is the final piece as it appears to be the most designed with a lot of work put into it.
This ship hides in the belly of the fallen AT-AT with two tarps that can close to conceal the ship.
Here’s another interesting note. There is art of a large Star Destroyer with gravity wells crashed in the horizon. Kira is directing a giant pig like what we saw in the TMZ photos towards a station. The driver on the giant pig is abstract but appears to be the alien from the lightsaber photos in other depictions. What are they towing? An X-wing fighter, one you’ve all seen.
This is how Kira salvages her X-wing for the film, most likely. There is some indication that the ship is used to get Kira’s and the giant pig is used to get Boyega’s. But that’s not entirely clear for now.
David Fincher Could Have Directed 'Star Wars: Episode 7'
For many fans, the selection of J.J. Abrams as the director of 'Star Wars: Episode 7' felt like an obvious choice. A dyed-in-the-wool geek with a passion for epic genre projects and a proven track record as filmmaker, especially in the world of science fiction? Yeah, he fits the bill quite nicely. However, it's no secret that Lucasfilm and Disney looked at half of the big name directors in Hollywood before settling on their choice and during his press rounds for 'Gone Girl,' David Fincher says he was among those approached about the project.
Yes, the chilly and brilliant filmmaker behind 'Fight Club' and 'Zodiac' could have directed the next chapter in the 'Star Wars' saga. That's pretty far out, but it's not that crazy. After all, Fincher has dabbled with the world of big studio blockbusters before, having worked on a now-shelved version of '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea' for Disney. But there's the rub: that project fell apart because Fincher couldn't get total creative control and that was something he feared he wouldn't get with 'Star Wars: Episode 7':
It’s tricky. My favourite is The Empire Strikes Back. If I said, ‘I want to do something more like that,’ then I’m sure the people paying for it would be like, ‘No! You can’t do that! We want it like the other one with all the creatures!'
What's especially interesting about his comments now is that Abrams does seem to be taking some fairly big risks with 'Star Wars: Episode 7' and even seems to be emulating the tone of 'The Empire Strikes Back' more than any other movie in the series.
But what would a Fincher-directed 'Star Wars' movie look like? We'll never know. But it may have been pretty weird, especially since his view of the saga is probably pretty different than yours or mine:
I always thought of Star Wars as the story of two slaves [C-3PO and R2-D2] who go from owner to owner, witnessing their masters’ folly, the ultimate folly of man… I thought it was an interesting idea in the first two, but it’s kind of gone by Return Of The Jedi.
Can someone give Fincher a standalone 'Star Wars' film to direct? Surely someone will see 'Spartacus' remade with droids.
'Star Wars Rebels' Introduces Its Main Villain in New Clip
With the series premiere of 'Star Wars Rebels' upon us right now, USA Today premiered a a new clip from the show, highlighting the villainous "Inquisitor." Both voice actor Jason Isaacs and showrunner Dave Filoni commented on the character in the full article:
Filoni sees the analytical new bad guy, who brandishes a spinning, double-bladed lightsaber, as an "evil version of Sherlock Holmes."
What makes him really creepy and disturbing for Isaacs is "everybody he encounters is so far beneath his skill level that it doesn't tax him," the actor says. "I wanted him to enjoy the chase and enjoy the hunt. He's not in a panic, nothing's about to blow up. He can take on any number of adversaries and still have time to read the newspaper and get his nails done."
And here's the clip itself, with features the Inquisitor having an action-packed showdown with our motley band of heroes. Yeah, they're pretty outmatched, but every story of rebellion is a story of underdogs doing the impossible.
Oscar Isaac and Anthony Daniels Wrap on 'Star Wars: Episode 7'
'Star Wars: Episode 7' is still filming for awhile yet, but they're deep enough into the production that certain actors have already begun wrapping up their work. The first of them is Oscar Isaac, whose work as "Mystery Lead #4" has been completed. We don't know if this means his role is smaller than expected or if his scenes with simply scheduled earlier in the production, but it does mean any hope of someone capturing Llewyn Davis himself on set in costume are officially over. Hitfix broke the news:
Heads up everyone: Oscar Isaac’s last day shooting “Star Wars: Episode VII” is this Friday, Sept. 26. The cast has another few weeks of filming, but Isaac is taking a well deserved four day vacation before moving on to his next project, David Simon’s HBO mini-series “Show Me A Hero.”
Elsewhere, Anthony Daniels, AKA, C-3PO, tweeted that he had finished up his work on 'Episode 7.' Like with Isaac, it's entirely possible that the golden protocol droid has a significantly smaller role this time around (which would make sense this film is really about the new characters, not the old ones).