Rumor of the Day: Here's the basic plot of *gasp* Star Wars Episode VII

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Dec 17, 2018, 11:00 PM EST (Updated)

Take this with a grain of salt (or Tatooine sand), but this might be the gist of Episode VII.

We know the new Star Wars is still only just in the filming stages, but since the biggest sci-fi movie franchise of all time is getting another chance to make good after the disappointing prequels, it's hard not to leap on every single piece of potential news out there.

And this latest bit is a whopper. We'd already heard Han Solo was supposedly a big part of the movie, we heard that the characters were all going to be looking for Luke Skywalker, and now we've got a few more pieces to add to that puzzle, which makes us think that, maybe, we really do know the plot for Episode VII.

According to Devin Faraci over at Badass Digest, here's the gist:

We open on a severed hand floating in space -- and it's holding a green lightsaber. Yes, we are to assume it's Luke's. The hand falls onto a desert planet where it is discovered by the people who will be our new protagonists, Daisy Ridley and John Boyega. Recognizing that the lightsaber is strictly a Jedi weapon, they decide to get offworld and take it back to whoever is now the proper authorities.

This puts them into contact with Han and Chewie, who are, allegedly, no longer tooling around in the Millennium Falcon any more. They obviously recognize the lightsaber as being Luke's but, sadly, haven't seen Skywalker for something like 30 years. At which point our journey begins.

Oh, but one more thing -- there are apparently some kind of nefarious goings-on on an icy planet, somewhere. Someone is devising a new weapon, one that would do more than destroy just planets -- this one can destroy entire solar systems!

Now, remember, this is just a rumor, but it sounds like it could be legit, considering what we've heard so far. The only wrench in the works is Harrison Ford's prolonged injury.

But, otherwise? This feels like A New Hope revisited, which, yes, might seem a little predictable, but only because it makes a lot of sense. Coming at a new trilogy from a similar starting point gives the storytellers the chance to give the audience something familiar, something we can draw parellels with so we can feel that these new movies are unquestionably Star Wars. Then they can deviate from the formula at any time, creating real surprises and suspense. That's what we're hoping for, anyway.

But what do you think of this potential plot? Does it work for you? And where's Leia, darn it?

(via Badass Digest)