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A hand. The driving force that possibly kicks off the first Star Wars movie we have seen in years might be a hand. One that is holding a lightsaber, and tumbling down from the stars.
Plot details for J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII have leaked over at Badass Digest, where the site is citing multiple sources as saying… well, here’s the requisite spoiler warning. Obviously, you clicked in this story to read about the plot of Star Wars: Episode VII. But if you do not really want to know, STOP reading now.
Still here? The opening image after the trademark title crawl, according to Bad, will be "a severed hand" that lands on a desert planet where it is discovered by two characters played by Daisy Ridley and John Boyega. There are no details on the characters these two will play, but they will recognize the lightsaber in the severed hand as one belonging to a former Jedi, so they attempt to return it to its owner. The site continues:
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 Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), and to return the lightsaber that might be resting in his severed hand. Is it his human hand? Or his mechanical hand? No confirmation, as Devin Faraci Tweets:
Is all of this possible? Sure. Is it accurate? We’re not sure yet. The driving force of the narrative sounds very similar to Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope, which is intentional. J.J. Abrams reportedly wants to capture the same magics of the initial foray into George Lucas’ universe. Only, the threat of the new movie is described as "nefarious forces… building a super weapon, one capable of destroying not planets but entire solar systems." So long as it’s not Khan, we’re cool.
We have a long time to go between now and the release of Star Wars: Episode VII, and there are a lot of characters who still need to be explained. But leaks like this could start the Star Wars boat sinking just a tad. J.J. Abrams cherishes his "Mystery Box." Can he keep a lid on Star Wars for the next few months?