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Rumors About the Bad Guys in 'Star Wars VII' Have Surfaced, and They Sound Legit

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | June 17, 2014 | Comments ()


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People who follow the Star Wars universe more closely than I may better understand the origins or be able to better provide context for the alleged villains in the new Star Wars films, which may actually be around for three films. The people who better understand may also find the information provided by Making Star Wars from sources within Pinewood Studios more spoilery, too. To me, these villains sound like someone who aren’t the Reavers, the most terrifying space villains ever, who should one day get their own movie, with or without the rest of Firefly, and until the Reavers are re-introduced into cinema, I refuse to be intimidated that involves Jedis or Siths or The Force.

That said, these guys sound cool. Keep in mind that the villains described, according to Making Star Wars, are not confirmed, and none of the sources who provided the intel have seen the script. They’ve only seen the production of the film, and by putting a lot of sources together, Making Star Wars has made some very good educated guesses about what to expect in Star Wars VII.

Spoilers ahead.

The bad guys in Star Wars: Episode VII are being called “Jedi Hunters” by people working on and around the film. These are scary individuals, dressed in black, some helmeted, that hunt Jedi for the Empire …

Supposedly the “Jedi Hunters” or Inquisitors (from the sound of things) are the reason there is no New Republic after Return of the Jedi. That’s right, they’re saying there is no New Republic. Source #2 claims to have been on set for a sequence in which we learn the Jedi Hunters worship the Sith and want to resurrect them. Their mandate was to protect the Sith at all costs and insure their survival.

This source also believes Luke Skywalker has been fighting to stop this for the last thirty years of his life, but he is outnumbered, tired, and in need of help.

The bad guys have a goal: The resurrection of the Sith and it “sounds like it happens in the next film” meaning Episode VIII and “I guess they kill him (said resurrected Sith) in IX.”

According to Making Star Wars, one source says that David Oyelowo is voicing one of the three villains, while another source says that Lupita Nyong’o, Adam Driver, and David Oyelowo are the Jedi Hunters. Also, Episode VII will purportedly be closer in tone to Empire Strikes Back, which is to say: kind of a bummer, but in a good way!

But, man: I miss the Reavers.

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Source: Making Star Wars via Slashfilm


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  • BettyNugs

    Is anyone watching The 100? They recently introduced villains called "The Reapers" that are crazy cannibals. They look a little bit like they are costumed by the early 90s WWE Road Warriors but it's pretty good. They've also got Desmond from lost AND Gaeta from BSG.

  • BlackRabbit

    That's still on? I'm not being snarky, I really didn't know.

  • I mentioned yesterday that this feels in line with the ebb/flow of the Sith and how they decimated Korriban and regained strength.

    In essence, these "Jedi Hunters" are Sith Inquisitors (my SWTOR playing heart loves this plan) and they're working to grow the Sith and take out the Jedi.

    On a side note...I personally think the Sith are way more badass. So, I kind of love Lupita as an Inquisitor if they go there. She'd scare the crap out of me in a very good way.

  • sherryb23

    SWOTR: the best. And that's kind of what I was thinking re: the Inquisitors (one of the best characters to play, just sayin'). Downside is that my daughter already thinks the Sith are the coolest--if she sees a badass Lupita as one, I will have forever lost her to the Dark Side.

  • Well, the Dark Side does have cookies ;-)

  • Kim Voeks

    "According to Making Star Wars, one source says that David Oyelowo is voicing one of the three villains, while another source says that Lupita Nyong’o, Adam Driver, and David Oyelowo are the Jedi Hunters."
    So let me see if I have this straight - The two black people they cast, will be covered in robes and are the villains? Sounds amazingly like George Lucas is involved.

  • bgarcia

    How else would you portray the "Dark" Side though? Through the writing, plot, characterization? C'mon. Way too subtle.

  • I'm guessing Gwendoline Christie is going to wind up being the long lost offspring of Obi-Wan that was rumored a while back. A shame, I'd love to see her play a villain like the leader of the Jedi Hunters.

    And, of course, Lupita should totally be a Jedi in-training.

  • sherryb23

    Can we also lobby for the addition of Gungan Hunters?

  • foolsage

    I'd prefer that Gungans simply not be mentioned in the new films.

  • Joe Grunenwald

    I've been playing Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (I know, only ten years late), and I'm sure I knew about this little easter egg at some point but it really made my day when I found it a few days ago.

  • You just made my year.

  • sherryb23

    Oh, absolutely. I mean retroactively to go back and rampage through the prequels.

    But I am concerned...the first three brought us Ewoks...the second, Jar-Jar Binks...what monstrosity might we expect in the next series?!

  • bastich

    Being from Disney, Star Wars will now be a musical:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

  • emmalita

    Always bringing the gold.

  • sherryb23

    Shh...they'll hear you!

  • NateMan

    I loved the Reavers, but I never figured out how a bunch of batshit crazy cannibals managed to fly interstellar spaceships.

  • foolsage

    The answer is "barely". They take ships and ship parts from their victims. They're not concerned with safety or proper engineering, so their ships end up a mess of cobbled-together parts, festooned with corpses.

  • Jericho Smith

    Those aren't corpses...they're the in-flight snack. They can also be used as a flotation device in the event of a water landing.

  • NateMan

    Well yeah, I know that. But it's not like you can take a drive out of one spaceship and slap it in another when the only way you use a wrench is beat someone to death with it.

  • BlackRabbit

    Somewhere I picked up the idea that the Reavers are only crazy around other non-Reaver people. They're not sipping tea and discussing philosophy on their own, but they're...calmer.

  • I was hoping that after the mess that was the prequels, they would streamline the story. Look, we all dig the Jedi. Lightsabers are cool. And we all want to use The Force.

    BUUUUUUUTTTT.....

    The reason the Original Trilogy worked was because the amount of Jedi/Force stuff didn't overwhelm the rest of the story. It was about the Rebels -- the outmanned, outgunned, desperate Rebels -- facing off against the Evil Empire. It's why, decades later, we still use those terms. Luke may have been a Jedi student spending time with Yoda but that always had a sense of urgency because Vader was after his friends. And Jedi does the smart thing and put Luke, Vader and the Emperor in one corner to battle their religious views to the death. The battle is turned not by a Jedi victory, but by Lando Calrissian blowing up the Death Star and Admiral Ackbar leading his troops through the trap and Han's forces overwhelming the forces on Endor (with the help of the Ewoks).

    But that sounds more like the Prequels where everything hinged on Anakin Skywalker becoming Vader. The universe became "what are the Jedi doing about it?" That's very short-sighted.

  • idiosynchronic

    IOW - Star Wars has sunk to the Great Men of History didactic?

  • BlackRabbit

    Because my mind makes stupid cross-cultural jumps without my consent, I instantly imagined them to have long beards and dress in cammo.

  • idiosynchronic

    You know, I had my problems with the Expanded Universe, but I never wanted to set fire to it, burn the ashes, salt the ground, set off a nuclear weapon, and then use Red Matter on the planet's sun.

    Someone at Disney or Bad Robot must really hate Jacen & Jaina Solo.

  • BlackRabbit

    Well, the last child actor they had was such a winner, why not go back to that well?

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