We’re in the midst of Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ total domination of the box office. While Episode VII continues to steamroll through the record books, there is still a lot to talk about on that front, but considering we’re getting a new movie in the franchise every year for the foreseeable future, our thoughts have also, understandably, turned towards these upcoming installments.
The Force Awakens left us with a number of questions about where the characters will go in future Episode movies, but before we get to Rian Johnson’s Episode VIII in 2017, we’ll see Gareth Edwards’ Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the first of the standalone spinoff movies. Though these films are supposed to exist separately from the main Skywalker-centric narrative, everything in the Star Wars universe is connected, and a new theory on Reddit poses some interesting ideas about how Rogue One could address some of the mysteries of Episode VIII and beyond.
Just a reminder, these are theories, nothing more. Most of them are pretty off the wall, but they’re also intriguingly possible, and we love speculating about Star Wars, so what the hell? Also, there are SPOILERS beyond this point. Tread lightly.
A Max Von Sydow/Mads Mikkelsen ConnectionThe rumor floating around is that Mads Mikkelsen plays a character named Galen in Rogue One. That’s really all the information we have about his character right now, and it’s not much to go on—though the actor insists that he’s not playing a villain. In Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Max Von Sydow’s Lor San Tekka has an obvious connection to the larger narrative that belies the fact that he only shows up for one scene before being cut down by Kylo Ren. This theory supposes that Mikkelsen’s character is an earlier version of Lor San Tekka. This wouldn’t be the first time there’s been misdirection as far as character names go—remember when we were all calling Rey Kira?
Though Mikkelsen hails from Denmark and Von Sydow from Sweden, both are Scandinavian in origin, which could provide a clue that there is some connection. Given the time frame of the films, their ages also line up. Rogue One takes place prior to the events of Episode IV and revolves around the theft of the plans for the first Death Star more than 30 years before the events of The Force Awakens. As Mikkelsen is 50 and Von Sydow is 86, the age difference would certainly make sense.
We don’t know much about Lor San Tekka, but he has obviously been around the block, familiar as he is with Ben Solo, saying that Leia will always be royalty to him. He is an experienced traveller, someone who has proven his worth to the Rebellion numerous times, and a member of the Church of the Force, a group that shows deference to the Jedi, despite having no powers themselves. Depending on who abandoned Rey on Jakku, it’s possible he was sent there, or took it upon himself, in order to keep a watchful eye on her as she grew, like Obi-Wan Kenobi did with Luke Skywalker on Tatooine. It could explain why he and the map are on the desert planet in the first place.