If you were looking for Star Wars rumors, you hit the jackpot today.
This morning we brought you a look at what would appear to be new stormtrooper helmet designs for Star Wars: Episode VII, and given how slowly news from that production has trickled out thus far, we could've stopped right there and called this a pretty good day for dispatches from a galaxy far, far away. It turns out, though, we were far from done.
WARNING: This post will contain what could be MAJOR SPOILERS for Episode VII. It'll start pretty non-spoilery, then get very spoilery. I'll put up another warning when we get to the really big stuff, so don't say I didn't warn you.
First, Indie Revolver hit us earlier today with what's purported to be some Han Solo concept art, revealing his new costume designs for the flick. Check those out:
The long coat is a nice touch, reminiscent of what he wore on Endor in Jedi, but a little more like a Jedi robe. As for that winter gear, it seems likely we'd see Han wear that on the ice planet we've heard rumored (though Badass Digest notes that it's actually an "ice and forest planet," giving it a little more character than Hoth).
Elsewhere on the Han Solo front, Badass Digest's Devin Faraci cites sources who told him that Han will have a new ride, and that the Millennium Falcon will be piloted by Oscar Isaacs' character. So what could be big enough to force Han out of the Falcon's cockpit at last? Apparently he and Chewie will be at the helm of a Super Star Destroyer (in case you don't remember, that's the massive supership that crashes into the Death Star during Jedi's climax). That's ... quite an upgrade. Faraci also notes that Han will pick up a lightsaber once again, though we don't know the context of that just yet.
Still hanging in there? Well, strap in, because this is where things get big.
Earlier this week, J.J. Abrams tweeted a photo message from the Bad Robot Twitter account, featuring a robotic hand holding his handwritten note.
Now, by itself that could mean nothing. After all, the Star Wars universe is filled with droids and cybernetic limbs. It could just be a random hand. According to Badass Digest, though, it's not. It's actually the robotic hand of Episode VII's main villain.
OK, we are entering SUPER SPOILER territory now. We're talking serious plot points, so if you don't want to know this stuff, make the jump to lightspeed while you can.
According to both Badass Digest and Latino Review, the primary villain of Episode VII is an Inquisitor, just like the primary villain of the Star Wars: Rebels animated series. Latino Review notes that "the Inquisitors" (note the plural) are the villains, but that the word "Inquisitor" is also the name of the main Big Bad. Badass Digest notes that, according to their sources, that word hasn't really been uttered on set, but the two outlets are in agreement about what the character is. The Inquisitors are, according to the Latino Review report, protectors of the Sith order who've actually "been around for a long time," and that's where this report gets particularly interesting.
According to Latino Review, this is how the film kicks off:
"Luke’s lightsaber (and maybe hand but probably not) crash lands on a planet leading Daisy Ridley and John Boyega on a search for Luke, which leads them to Han and Chewie, who aren’t in the Millennium Falcon because Oscar Isaacs has it. The party is looking for Luke who has been MIA since Jedi. But Luke isn’t hiding, Luke is a captive."
When Luke is finally found, he will reportedly explain exactly who and what the Inquisitors are, and what ties they have to the Sith. This will, according to Latino Review, set up a flashback sequence featuring both a young Princess Leia, played by Carrie Fisher's daughter Billie Lourd, and a scene featuring the Inquisitors working with ... Darth Vader himself. That's right. If these reports are true, both the Young Leia rumor and the Vader rumor are confirmed.
As for the main Inquisitor, we don't know his real name (if he has one), we don't know his motives (other than, you know, Sith), and we don't know exactly what his plan is. We do, however, possibly know what he looks like now. Earlier today, we got this description from Badass Digest, as part of the explanation of the robotic hand in Abrams' photo.
"He wears a black robe. His eyes are deep red. And half of his face is metal. He's a cyborg."
That might have been enough for us, but then Indie Revolver came through with what would appear to be concept art of the Inquisitor. Check it out before someone tells the whole Internet to yank it down.
Pretty creepy, right?
So now you've got a whole weekend to chew on all of this awesome Star Wars stuff.