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With J.J. Abrams at the helm, we all expect that Star Wars: Episode VII will be jam-packed with references to the original trilogy – even beyond the fact that every member of the main cast is coming back. That fact only makes this fresh rumor more believable.
If Badass Digest’s anonymous inside source can be believed, then the character played by Daisy Ridley in Star Wars: Episode VII will be portrayed as living inside an abandoned, tipped-over AT-AT – one of the war machines first seen trekking across the ice planet Hoth in The Empire Strikes Back:
While LucasFilm and Disney have remained tight-lipped about any and all Star Wars: Episode VII official plot details, the rumor mill has painted an interesting picture of what we can expect from Daisy Ridley – in what’s sure to be her breakout performance. According to reports, she may or may not be playing a character named Kira who lives on a desert planet that may or may not be Tatooine. She reportedly works in a salvage yard, and if her living conditions are any indication, she doesn’t exactly come from wealth. We’ve heard that it’s her discovery of a lightsaber that kicks off the adventure in the seventh chapter of the sci-fi saga, and that she has close relationships with characters played by John Boyega and Max von Sydow.
For those unfamiliar with the AT-AT, it was a type of "Walker" that the Galactic Empire used in ground assaults. The name stands for All Terrain Armored Transport, which explains why they’d be just as at home on a desert planet as they would be on Hoth. The main drawback to these machines is the fact that a simple tow-cable wrapped around all four legs results in total disaster – which probably explains how "Kira’s" AT-AT home got knocked over in the first place:
Just as it has been for most of the summer, Star Wars: Episode VII is still in production at Pinewood Studios in England. It’s sad that the movie still seems so far away, as we are a full 14 months away from seeing the finished product arrive in theaters on December 18, 2015. Hopefully it won’t be too much longer before we not only get a legitimate title, but also an official plot description that gives us some real insight to what's actually happening in the Star Wars universe.