Disney looks like it’s going after yet another spoiler leaker online. The Mouse House has officially requested a subpoena be issued by a California federal judge to help Lucasfilm track down the person that posted a leaked image from the upcoming film “Star Wars: The Force Awakens."
The official court filing is directed at the photo sharing website ImageShack. Lucasfilm seeks access to information that could help it discover the identity of the user that posted a frontal image of the popular character wielding a red broadsword-style light saber from the trailer.
According to Entertainment Weekly, which received exclusive character names for the newbie’s that showed up in the film’s first trailer, the new lightsaber wielding villain is Kylo Ren. Little else is known about the character at this point. The leaked image reveals what Kylo Ren looks like from the front, sporting a black hood, fur cape, some kind of long mask and, obviously, his now famous lightsaber.
A user going by the name “Darth_Simi” posted the leaked image and the studio is hoping ImageShack will be able to give more details about his or her identity. Disney and Lucasfilm are hoping that their subpoena against ImageShack will allow them to get to the bottom of the leak and hopefully plug it.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, an employee from Disney reportedly confirmed that the image is in fact related to the film and, per the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, sent ImageShack a notice to take down the image. The leaked photo is currently still up on the website.
This isn’t the first time that Disney has sought legal action against leaks from its movies. The studio worked with Marvel in November to issue a subpoena to Google in the hopes of finding the identity of the man or woman that leaked the first trailer to “Avengers: Age of Ultron” days ahead of its planned release. Luckily for Lucasfilm, the image of Kylo Ren doesn’t contain nearly as many spoilers about the upcoming film as a full-length trailer. Still, Disney looks like it’s taking leaks surrounding its upcoming movies very seriously this time around.
"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is scheduled to hit theaters Dec. 18, 2015. While you wait, check out the official first trailer for the film below: