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We fully expect that J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII will begin in the traditional way, complete with the sound of John Williams’ brilliant score and yellow text scrolling across the screen, but everything that happens after that point is a complete mystery to fans thanks to the production’s strict secrecy. It will probably be a while before we actually see anything official on this front, but now a new report has painted an interesting picture of what we can expect from the opening scene of the new Star Wars movie.
These new rumors come to us from Badass Digest, which claims to have a scoop on not only how the opening of the film will go down, but also the identity of the role that will be played by the legendary Max Von Sydow. Serving as a follow-up to the reported plot details that came out this past summer, the movie apparently opens with the discovery of a lightsaber – only instead of Daisy Ridley and John Boyega finding it, it is instead "a blue alien guy." And it only gets stranger from there.
After making his discovery, this creature reportedly brings the lightsaber to a salvage yard, which is where he meets Daisy Ridley’s character – who may or may not be named Kira. She pals around with Max von Sydow’s character, an "old cyborg dude" who babbles a lot and possibly has dementia. As soon as he sees the lightsaber, however, he suddenly becomes completely lucid and begins to "talk about the old days, name [dropping] a couple of Prequel Trilogy characters, even." After Kira and the alien leave, he then makes a call to a "mysterious figure" and says simply "It’s here."
There’s definitely a lot to absorb with this new splash of news. Assuming that this rumor is accurate, it appears that audiences may not be able to fully trust Von Sydow’s character, as it is pretty clear that he will be hiding some need-to-know information from our protagonists. Given that he recognizes a lightsaber, could that potentially put him in league with the Sith? Or is it all just a red herring and is just meant to play tricks on the audience? We’ll just have to wait and see.
There is still so much that we don’t know about Star Wars: Episode VII, from how actors like Oscar Isaac and Lupita Nyong’o will fit into the plot, to where in the galaxy Luke Skywalker is, but these are all questions were are excited to learn the answers to up on the big screen. The film is still in production, but will be in theaters on December 18, 2015.