Earlier this week, the mother of all Star Wars spoilers hit the Internet. We're talking about it here. If you don't want to, go ahead and bail now.
What The Rumor/ Spoiler Is: In short, the rumor/ spoiler claims characters in Star Wars: Episode VII will scurry around the movie trying to find Luke Skywalker in order to stop a tremendous evil. At the end of the movie, that evil will turn out to be none other than Luke Skywalker. It’s a pretty badass curveball and one that would continue the legacy of the Skywalker Family going rogue.
Why We're Here: To figure out what this means, we assembled a team of experts to weigh in on the Making Star Wars story. They are Cinema Blend Movie Content Director Sean O’Connell, Cinema Blend Movie Editor Eric Eisenberg and Geeks Of Doom scribe Adam Frazier.
What Are the Chances This Rumor is Legit?Adam: Personally, I find it hard to believe that this could be true – it reads like fan fiction, the kind of fan fiction someone who has read every Expanded Universe novel and comic would feverishly write (like Patton Oswalt's filibuster on Parks & Rec). Most of the Web sites reporting these rumors weren't even around when the prequels were in development, so they don't understand the insane amount of rumors and speculations that pop up on Star Wars message boards and fan sites when a new movie is in development. Unless there's concept art or leaked photos from the production that corroborate these rumors, I think it's safe to say these supposedly huge spoilers are nothing more than speculation.
Sean: If I had to guess, I’d put it at about a 35% chance that this rumor is true. There would be something cyclical about the whole story, given the fact that we watched Anakin Skywalker go from good (and boring) to evil. Having Luke also go from the one who restored the galaxy to the one who now wants to destroy it would feel like regurgitating already picked-over material. Then again, there are Star Wars storylines involving Luke’s trip to the Dark Side, so…
Eric: I’m hesitant to put a great deal of stock in this. The idea of Luke following the footsteps of his father and going to the Dark Side has been a part of post-Return of the Jedi fan theory for years, and a part of me is concerned that this is just an extension of that. Of course, the reason why it’s been a part of fan theory so long is because it is a rather natural arc for the Luke Skywalker character to take after the events in the original trilogy. Still, I’m holding on to my grain of salt.