It looks like the leaks for “Star Wars: Episode VII -- The Force Awakens” just keep coming. Despite the movie’s top secret status, savvy fans have been reporting on plot rumors allegedly gathered over the summer from the set of the movie. The latest rumors, if true, reveal the opening sequence for the highly anticipated film.
As with many of the leaks we’ve reported on, news of the opening sequence comes from the site MakingStarWars.net. While the site does a good job gathering information about the movie, it is not affiliated with the franchise; it is a fan-run website that cites anonymous sources claiming to have inside information. So, while everything that comes from MakingStarWars should be taken with a grain of salt, its reports do tend to line up with what we know about the movie thus far. However, director J.J. Abrams recently warned fans that they should not believe everything they read.
Most past leaks have focused on returning characters Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) and Han Solo (Harrison Ford). However, these latest alleged plot details focus on the new blood that will be taking over in the upcoming trilogy. If you want to avoid potential plot spoilers for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” stop reading now.
According to the site, [SPOILER ALERT] the movie kicks off with a lightsaber landing on a planet with a “savanna environment.” It is discovered by a farmer, who accidentally ignites the blade and starts a fire. He takes the ancient weapon to an elder, likely played by Max von Sydow, who knows to alert the Rebels. According to the report, Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac’s character) arrives on behalf of the Rebels to collect the lightsaber but accidentally brings the Empire to the planet. He hands the weapon to the little rolling droid from the teaser trailer, BB-8. The droid flees and Dameron prepares for a battle with the Empire. The lightsaber is believed to be the key to awakening a Sith master, which would coincide with reports about Luke Skywalker’s return. However, those reports come from MakingStarWars as well, so their accuracy must be questioned.
Meanwhile, on the Empire side of things, the site reports that the opening sequence of the movie will follow a young Stormtrooper named Finn (remember that the Imperial Stormtroopers aren’t just clones anymore). Finn loses a close friend in battle and, realizing that the Empire might be the bad guys, allows a group of innocent villagers to escape the attack by Kylo Ren. This would coincide with some previously leaked photos that appeared to show Darth Vader presiding over a burning village. It seems now that the villain might instead by Kylo Ren, the broadsword-wielding character from the first teaser.
Because of his sympathy for the villagers, Finn is thrown into the brig of a star destroyer, where he is cell mates with, you guessed it, Dameron. Together the two launch a daring escape and, just like that, the adventure is underway.
It’s impossible to verify any of this information unless you get your hands on the movie's screenplay. Fans simply will have to wait until the movie’s Dec. 18 release to have all of their burning “Star Wars” plot questions revealed.