“Star Wars” fans are an insatiable bunch. It seems like nothing will quench their thirst for details about the upcoming seventh installment in the iconic franchise. Unfortunately, newly leaked plot details might have dropped a spoiler so big that these insatiable fans might wish they hadn’t sought it out.
Director J.J. Abrams is terrified of spoilers. So much so that he and Disney aren’t even releasing advanced footage of the film to toy companies that desperately want to cash in on the upcoming blockbuster. The fear is that their designs will simply leak more plot details than have already been put out there. In fact, a recent rumor indicates that Disney is considering a plea from the director to release the movie six months early to avoid spoilers. Still, that hasn’t stopped the folks at MakingStarWars.net from possibly leaking plot details from the set of Pinewood Studios.
It was previously reported by the site, which combs for any and all plot spoilers about “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” that a major event in the movie will be the catalyst to get an old, grizzled and tortured Luke Skywalker back into the mix. Now, that event moment may have been revealed.
It goes without saying that the rest of this article, while citing unconfirmed sources, may very well discuss major plot spoilers for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” If you don’t want to have a potential major moment from the film ruined for you before viewing it on the big screen, please do not keep reading.
OK, still here? I hope it’s on purpose because [SPOILER ALERT] an unconfirmed but "reliable source" that works on the movie set told MakingStarWars that Han Solo (Harrison Ford) might meet a hero’s end in "Episode VII" at the hands of the broadsword wielding villain, Kylo Ren. Solo will allegedly confront Renn on the “ramparts of The Evil Castle.” Mirroring the way in which Obi-Wan Kenobi sacrifices himself in “A New Hope,” Solo will take on the evil Sith to cover the escape of “Episode 7” characters Finn, Rey, BB-8 and Chewbacca, who lets out a thunderous wookie-roar at the sight of his friend’s murder. After describing the event, the source confirms: “Han Solo is never in a scene after this. Those are the facts.”
As MoviePilot points out, the writing has been on the wall for Solo’s demise since 1980 when Ford was filming “The Empire Strikes Back.” The actor, now 72-years-old, used to lobby for George Lucas to kill off the character because he thought the demise of Solo would make for a better story. Lucas didn’t listen in favor of completing the character’s story arc with Princess Leia (Carrier Fisher) in “Return of the Jedi.” It seems now that Ford may finally be getting his wish for a meaningful death for the character courtesy of J.J. Abrams.
It would make sense for the actor, who is now a little too old to be the action hero he once was, to be written out of the upcoming eighth and ninth installments of the franchise. Solo is an iconic action character and his death in the series might be considered a much more potent plot device than seeing an aging Ford try and recapture the magic of his youthful performance – not that he wouldn’t be able to rise to the occasion. If “Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” taught us anything it’s that he’s still got the moves.
It’s worth mentioning that these reports, while eerily well collaborated with what we know about the series thus far, are not confirmed. It’s entirely possible that Solo survives to the end of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Fans will simply have to wait until the film hits theaters on Dec. 18 to find out.