Who’s ready to have their mind blown this Sunday morn?
While sticking to the vaguest of vagaries that ever done vagued (I definitely made one of those words up), Devin Faraci over at Badass Digest claims to have an EXCLUSIVE (WORLD STAR!) plot outline of JJ Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII. Purposefully keeping it hazy as hell (the spoilerphobes thank you, Mr. Faraci), Devin described the basic set-up while still leaving much to the potential viewer’s imagination.
Imagine the standard Star Wars crawl, and when it ends the camera pans up to the stars. But instead of a spaceship zooming into frame we see… a hand! A severed hand, tumbling through space. A severed hand gripping a light saber.
That hand falls onto a desert planet, where it is discovered by characters who will be our heroes. One is Daisy Ridley. The other is John Boyega, who is playing someone trying to change his path in life (again, I’m keeping it vague here). They recognize the light saber as a Jedi relic and decide to return it to the proper people.
Their quest takes them off world, and they meet up with Han Solo and Chewbacca, who aren’t flying around in the Millenium Falcon anymore but are piloting… well, that could be a spoiler. I’ll leave it. Anyway, Han and Chewie recognize the light saber as Luke’s, and they say they haven’t seen their friend in thirty years, since the events of Return of the Jedi.
So begins a quest to find the missing Jedi Master. Meanwhile, on an ice planet, nefarious forces are building a super weapon, one capable of destroying not planets but entire solar systems…
In many ways this plot of Episode VII is an echo of A New Hope. Instead of R2 coming to Tatooine it’s a hand falling from the sky, but the basic sweep of the story is similar, and intentionally so. But things that seem familiar may not be as familiar as you think – don’t assume that every ice or desert planet in the galaxy has already been visited, if you know what I’m saying.
While some in the BAD comments are certainly skeptical (giant J/O motions to those wanting Faraci’s source), I highly doubt Devin is going to run anything Star Wars related without being 100% sure. Taking to Twitter, he’s already defending the veracity of his info:
Re: my STAR WARS story – I fully expect denials. I’m pretty confident in this multiple-sourced story. We’ll see in 2015.
— Devin Faraci (@devincf) July 20, 2014
Personally, I hope it’s ALL true. The idea of a classic “quest” on which we’ll watch these new characters prove their mettle seems like a great intro to this contemporary set of Star Wars tales. Plus, the uber weird image of a severed hand falling through space is enough to hook me. That seems like some straight up Italian space opera tomfoolery, and I’m all for it.