Editorial: Star Wars: Episode 7 Revenge of the Stormtroopers!




Recently I chronicled the rumor that Gwendoline Christie is perhaps playing a Stormtrooper, or a Sith, depending on what you want to believe. According to the latest rumor she is playing a Stormtrooper Commander hunting down a Stormtrooper deserter rumored to be played by John Boyega. All this talk of Stormtroopers makes this Blogger wonder: What’s up with all the Stormtroopers? You’ll find out after you make the jump.



If you’re like me then you probably take Stormtroopers for granted. I do and have in the past. The “Evil Empire’s” army of faceless grunts are supposed to strike fear into the opressed citizenry of the galaxy far, far away. And while they burst onto the cinematic scene with full bravado and imposing effectiveness — just ask the Tantive V crew — they quickly turn into a rather un-impressive and sorry lot of Keystone Kops. I mean, eventually we learn that they are such poor shots they couldn’t hit water if they fell out of a boat. Sure, these big, bad Stormies are vicious when it comes to Jawas and Ewoks, even though they couldn’t defeat the latter in Episode VI, they are relatively useless during the entire course of the Original Trilogy. They have become, dare I say, background noise just slightly better than scenery.


Ralph McQuarrie Art

As we voraciously consume every morsel of “news” and rumor and speculation revolving around everyone’s favorite movie-in-production, we can kind of start to see patterns emerge. One of the few tid-bits we know for sure, because it’s been confirmed twice, is that Stormtroopers WILL appear in, at the very least, Episode VII. We know this because as Viral Hide reported at the time, Kevin Smith visited the set of Episode VII around the beginning of July. Kevin then went on his movie show:

Due to the non-disclosure agreement, Smith couldn’t say much more but he gave his co-host Ralph Garman a pad with some words to read out which he then nodded to in agreement. When asked, “did you see Stormtroopers?” Smith nodded his head with the biggest smile on his face.


Coincidentally, J. J. Abrams, Episode VII director, perhaps as a nod to his fellow director, did likewise in a recent interview with Flickering Myth:

In his recent interview with Flickering Myth, Abrams gave a hint that there will be certain characters who will return in the upcoming film including George Lucas’ fictional ‘Star Wars‘ soldiers, the Stormtroopers. Abrams did not say a word about it, but he did nod and smile when asked if such characters would return.


Okay, so I think it’s safe to say Stormtroopers return. Big whoop! But then we’re also hearing a few interesting rumors that some of the Announced actors will be playing them. Wait! What?! You don’t cast talented actors to play inglorious extras, but this is exactly what the rumors are telling us as I reported last week, according to MakingStarWars:

Could be incorrect but this sounds like it backs up something I was told by someone working on the film. They said Stormtroopers play a major role, the empire still very much exists and that Gwendoline Christie plays a rogue stormtrooper who wears silver armour.


The silver armor bit may sound totally like really bad fan-fiction at first, but Viral Hide posted an article a while ago that suggested that the Stormtroopers and their armor had evolved. (Perhaps silver as the armor finish of the Stormtrooper Commander???) If you think about it for more than a second of knee-jerk reaction it makes sense given the thirty year (give or take) time span. It also sounds from some of the rumors flying around that Stormtrooper armor may have been modified to resemble Lord Vader. At any rate, this Christie rumor didn’t get a lot of traction at first. But later on we started hearing even more rumors regarding Stormtroopers, this time from BadAss Digest:

As others have said, Boyega plays a storm trooper. A storm trooper who basically deserts and teams up with Daisy Ridley’s character.


Boyega and Ridley

As we all know John and Daisy spent quite a bit of time together in Abu Dhabi, filming scenes on the [presumed] Tatooine sets.  In fact, the scuttlebutt among some of the Bloggers here is that they play the roles of “Rachel” and “Thomas” from last year’s open casting call . . . so shut up and eat your apple!


New Heroes Casting

This past week BadAss Digest struck again with a very interesting bit of “insider information” which suggested and/or revealed some very intriguing details about Christie and Boyega’s characters:

According to my sources Gwendoline Christie is playing John Boyega’s commanding officer in Star Wars Episode VII, and she’s mad that he deserted. She’s looking for him. She’s an antagonist.


UPDATE: I’m have new info that puts things in new perspectives. She’s definitely hunting Boyega. I think she’s an Imperial officer, but I got one more piece of information that puts everything in a new light:




The actress has been training with a lightsaber.


Could she be an Imperial officer who has a lightsaber? Or is it something more? I’m hearing the S word.


With the infamous “S” word so closely associated with lightsaber training we are led to believe Christie may be playing a Sith Lord (or would that be Sith Lady/Baroness?), which is very exciting, although IF this is the same gender neutral character that Devin Faraci of BadAss Digest believes it to be, I find it very difficult to believe that Benedict Cumberbatch would’ve been up for the part of a Stormtrooper. Cumby as a Sith Lord — as Latino Review swore up and down to be — or Imperial Officer makes perfect sense, if you’ve seen any of his Sherlock episodes. It stands to reason that Christie is playing like character — Imperial Officer or Sith. However, Latino Review recently published their piece about the BadAss speculation and even added in their own source about John Boyega selecting a lightsaber hilt as well:

BadAss said that Gwendoline Christie was seen training with a lightsaber and I’ve also heard (though I can’t remember where) that John Boyega had chosen a lightsaber hilt


Gwendoline Christie

Why would Stormtroopers need lightsabers? Well, as Latino Review astutely speculated they suspect this is because Stormtroopers now readily use lightsabers according to the original Ralph McQuarrie concept paintings for Episode IV. This would explain how both Christie and Boyega could be playing Stormtroopers while also using lightsabers. It would also make the weapon common to even those who may or may not have Force sensitivity and give the [presumed] New Jedi Order many, many more types of villains to duel with — forebodes much chaos in the galaxy that even non-Force types are recklessly wielding lightsabers.



This is a very thrilling and plausible possibility. For one thing, as J. J. has demonstrated in the past with his shows Alias and Lost, he enjoys having gray characters, characters that may seem evil and are really pretty good and vice-versa. Secondly, the Stormtroopers, while iconic, are NOT nearly the threat they were in Episode IV. Could it be that J. J. has targeted this little, over-looked and greatly taken-for-granted detail and dug his claws in with the intent to make the Stormtroopers, and by extension the Evil Empire, menacing again? After all, it appears the Empire didn’t fall over night. And why would it? The Empire lost one TWO battles and two measly, little Death Star space stations in the process. So what? Well, uhhh, yeah, they also lost two very important leaders, but they’re an EMMM-PIRE!!! Who would fear and respect such an “evil” entity that would crumble so easily?! Whose troops would pack it up and go home after two petty defeats?! So it appears that the Empire still exists OR, at the very least, has regrouped and has presumably transformed a bit. Either way, according to some rumors that Viral reported it appears that Stormtroopers are as prevalent as ever, purportedly seen at both the Puzzlewood and Iceland locations.


The Impire

This leads me to another interesting point. John “Dak” Morton offered speculation a while ago that the Simon Kinberg produced Rebels would introduce characters that we would eventually see in Episode VII. This makes some sense IF some of those characters are Stormtroopers. What I mean by that is, I suspect that Rebels will not only tell the story of the seminal formative years of the Rebel Alliance, but will also show in more depth how the Empire really operates. It will humanize the Stormtroopers as real people who volunteered for the legion to protect peace and order, as the marketing & Faux Propaganda campaign for Rebels so beautifully illustrates. And we now know as canon, clearing up a bit of confusion, that the Stormtroopers are NOT clones from an Empire Online interview Dave Filoni did back in May:

EO: Speaking of generations, are they Stormtroopers rather than Clone Troopers in this series?


DF: Oh, they’re using Stormtroopers, yeah. I’ll give you the big nerdy breakdown. In my opinion, having made The Clone Wars and now working with Stormtroopers, I would say that a Clone trooper could outgun a Stormtrooper rather easily. A Clone trooper was bred, born, raised to be a soldier. Lucky for them, the Jedi gave them a lot of personality, but they were very dedicated soldiers. Stormtroopers are drafted into service; you can join through academies. If you watch A New Hope they stand around and say, ‘Hey, you seen the new BT-16?’ They seem interested in their job but you question their dedication. They’re treated as expendable by the Empire, and they definitely can’t shoot anything. When Obi Wan says, ‘Only Imperial Stormtroopers are so precise’, I think he’s making that up on the fact that he used to fight with clones, so he assumes that a Stormtrooper is really good. Much to his shock those guys can’t hit an R2 unit in a naked hallway, let alone be precise. So I like Stormtroopers, I find them very interesting. The Stormtroopers have better gear, better weapons in a lot of ways but it’s just a different war they are fighting than the Clone troopers’ was.



Filoni agrees with my assessment that Stormtroopers aren’t that menacing. So, aside from humanizing the Empire’s lethal shock troopers, I suspect we’ll see a hearty dose of revival, in both Rebels as well as Episode VII, injecting them with more shock and awe while subtracting the inept “D’oh!’ Giving them individual personalities, names, faces, and (possibly) LIGHTSABERS would give them verisimilitude and depth instead of merely being the two dimensional cardboard cutouts that rebels use for target practice; would go along way toward turning them from expendables into the gritty, elite Imperials we always thought they were.


Finally, and the last, most crucial element to the revival of the Stormtroopers is the civil war itself. On May the Fourth I posted a picture, as a joke, which depicted a child protesting the death of his Stormtrooper father on the first Death Star. My attempt at humor was to show that there are two perspectives to the Galactic Civil War — the Empire had many, many star systems supporting it and a legion of volunteers who believed in its philosophy. And many of these beings have family. In other words, to them, the Rebels ARE THE BAD GUYS. I suspect both Rebels and Episode VII will show how the Rebel Alliance, the Rebelscum, is viewed on a galactic scale, as outlaws, terrorists, and villains.


Ralph McQuarrie Art

IF this is indeed the way J. J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan, via George Lucas and Michael Arndt, have taken the script, Star Wars will become more than just a glorified look at spectacular space battles and become gritty and dirty in every way the word “war” elicits. Not super-gritty or dark, mind you, we’re talking about Disney here, after all, but enough to make the Stormtroopers fearsome  and worthy to wear the ever scowling helmet of doom and also make the Empire EVIL once more, thus the danger very real to our beloved heroes. IF indeed J. J. Abrams goes this route he will have made movie magic in more ways than one by re-creating the “feel” of the Original Trilogy, whilst simultaneously giving the Stormtroopers their long-awaited revenge.


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128 thoughts on “Editorial: Star Wars: Episode 7 Revenge of the Stormtroopers!

  • August 3, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    If the stormtroopers all have lightsabers, I’m going to have a mental breakdown over the stupidity. Darth Vader having one was fine because he was a sith, so I can handle Gwendoline having one if she also knows the ways of the force. Hence the question raises, who is her master? Although I think it’s safe to say Max Von Sydow is the new sith master who’s training a few apprentices. Then I guess John Boyega will be trained by Luke and given a lightsaber. Just for heaven sakes, don’t go overboard with lightsabers. I mean the original film actually only has around 0.013 seconds of lightsaber screentime. So it made those 0.013 seconds special. (yes I’m exaggerating on the number but you get the point)

    • August 4, 2014 at 2:51 am


      • August 4, 2014 at 4:04 am

        You guys have no imagination at all.

    • August 4, 2014 at 7:01 pm

      No man, I want to see Storm Troopers lighting their cigarettes with lightsabers, and when they’re about to go into battle, they all stand in a circle and touch their lightsabers together and say “for the empire.” That would be soooo cool.

    • August 4, 2014 at 8:24 pm

      Seems to me based on Daisy sharing scenes with Luke without Boyega. Daisy is going to be trained by Luke whereas Boyega may not be a force sensitive at all.

  • August 3, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    I don’t know if I like the idea of stormtroopers with lightsabers unless they are force sensitives. But I am on board for more deadly stormstroopers!

    • August 3, 2014 at 8:38 pm

      I am starting to hate how McQuarrie is thrown in whenever something original is needed visually.

      • August 4, 2014 at 3:50 am

        Ralph was responsible for 90 percent of the look of the original Star Wars trilogy.

        • August 4, 2014 at 8:01 pm

          Yes, and it’s time to move on. This isn’t the Original Trilogy. This is thirty years after the Original Trilogy.

          • August 6, 2014 at 4:59 am

            Said nobody ever.

  • August 3, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    I don’t think Abrams is going to give lightsabers to stormtroopers as standard issue equipment, although I would not be surprised if Christie or Boyega’s characters had them at some point in the film. I believe the rumor of Luke teaching other character(s) to create lightsabers probably shows that they will still be considered a very special weapon.

  • August 3, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    I figure if the Stormtroopers have lightsabers, then the Imperial remnant is probably lead by a Sith or Sith wannabe and they have been recruiting Force sensitives and training them to use lightsabers. Perhaps there is a kind of Sith cult that wants to revive a true Sith Empire.

    Thinking of the supposed Vader influence over the armor, what if they basically worship Vader and claim that he is still out there and will return, or say that he is actually leading them now. There were rumors of someone wearing the Vader armor, right? What would stop them from using Vader’s image to lead their people. They could even claim that Vader killed the Emperor [which he actually did, of course] and took his place in order to revive the Sith Empire.

    • August 3, 2014 at 8:01 pm

      This is kind of what I was thinking. I’m thinking there are no true Sith anymore, but force users with a dark side. With someone as a pseudo leader near the top of the Empire who has been recruiting and training force users. With no rule of two I can imagine a lot of force using troopers that are high ranking.

  • August 3, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    It’s possible (but unlikely) that they may be taking ques from the Imperial Knights of the EU.

    • August 3, 2014 at 8:47 pm

      I hope your are right. I always thought the Imperial Knights were awesome. Its also a really cool title. I remember when I was reading the novelization of The Revenge of the Sith, Count Dooku did not want to kill all the Jedi but he wanted to convert them all into something similar to an Imperial Knight and they would guard the new empire and Darth Vader would be their general. Really cool stuff that if they took inspiration from would work well in the movies.

      • August 4, 2014 at 2:29 am

        And having both a virgin Jedi Order and equally new ‘knights’ fighting could be quite interesting.

  • August 3, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    Back to Boyega choosing his lightsaber hilt, it was also mentioned in that article that it was Luke’s Bespin saber.

    • August 4, 2014 at 8:25 pm

      No, it is not. Why need to choose a light saber hilt when you already have Luke’s?

  • August 3, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    I quite Star Wars, when Stormtroopers even in Episode 7 are being portrait as cheap und dumb soldiers…So how did the Empire conquered and controlled the galaxy?

    • August 3, 2014 at 8:22 pm

      Through large numbers, their strength is might in masses.
      The Rebels were out numbered.

    • August 4, 2014 at 5:44 am

      I like to think that, after the Clone Wars ended, Palpatine stopped caring about having an efficient army and instead focused on having a friggin’ huge army. It wouldn’t have been the first time he callously overestimated his opponents.

  • August 3, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    Storm troopers are clones, remember the head bump Jango and Stormtrooper.
    Boba originally designed as super trooper then bounty hunter, then PT uses the Mandalorian as a template for clones.
    Stormtroopers are clones, George addressed it and pointed out what Obiwan said about precise. Precise as in the Same. The same method of operation, not perfect skills.

    • August 3, 2014 at 9:21 pm

      Also, Leila tells Luke, “Aren’t you a little short to be a stormtrooper?,” hinting that they were clones. Maybe they were originally, but ideas kept getting rewritten to make it confusing. Definitely some continuity issues, although I suppose they could be both clones and enlisted personnel. I realize that it may not be canon anymore, but didn’t the Emperor destroy the cloning facility, out of reducing any threats to his power? And wasn’t Han in training to be a in the Imperial Army before he became a pirate?

      • August 3, 2014 at 10:12 pm

        Sorry the whole argument about precision is ludicrous. Re-watch the scene please… Obi wan says: “and these blast points too accurate for sand people…. only imperial storm troopers are so precise”. Please cite where Lucas said that if you could.

        Something tells me they weren’t meant to be clones during the OT production. They all have different voices, and of course there is the whole thing with ranks… like the officers aren’t clones… but they had to start somewhere right?

        • August 4, 2014 at 12:49 am

          Accurate and precise, to myself would indicate military vs. undisciplined
          and that Obi Wan is aware of imperial tactics. AtAT drivers were human and Han was a human pilot, were tie pilots clone?

          I believe the Empire Drafted where they could, enlist who they could, because that is a form of control and domination. “Human” Enlisted or drafted were placed accordingly. as were clones were streamline pawns mainly generic troopers. Han would have been piloting transport ships whether personnel, supplies, or wherever Han was told to be.
          this is according to me. Empire used who ever they could and never did I see an Alien in the Empire in regards to the films . The origins of run of the mill stoormtroopers is left to interpretation until it is exclaimed in future films, but from what I got from George in the PT, I say they are clones. perhaps they are a mix of natural born or different types of clones. but I saw THX1138, ATOC so I’m sticking with clones. It is up to interpretation as far as I’m concerned. Watch your behind the scenes features and read the star wars insider for Lucas implying, suggesting, or otherwise that Stormtroopers are clones. There are too many to for me to leaf through at this point. That’s what is awesome about the gaps between each episode, it is there for us to doctor our imagination on.
          Was Obi wan always on Tatooine and may never have seen a stormtrooper or is there a news feed to him? Boba Fett? Could he be a clone or another person who killed him and Donned his garb.
          If someone is unhappy at any “reveal” in Star Wars we have EU or our own creative fill in process that can set a path more acceptable. Dem ALL Clones to me. except for the Moffs and some admirals. Could Han be A clone? like Deckard was an android?
          my argument maybe Absurd but its mine baby ;]

  • August 3, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    The empire got a heavy punch in ep. vi, so i guess that afterwards it got heavily disorganized, including it’s military discipline. We could find many kinds of stormtroopers in ep. Vii i think, now that there’s no unifying force as there was under sidious’ rule. We can find from clumsy soldiers as there were in the ot to badass guys who actually believe in the empire and trained hard on their own in order to avenge it.
    I mean, let’s look at gwendoline christie’s character in got. Her biggest trait is her loyalty, and she’s willing to kill and die for the lord or lady she serves. That’s GOTTA be one of the reasons for her casting in ep. vii. An imperial brienne of tarth makes very much sense to me. We might not even see her as a villain, but as an antihero.
    I’m so excited for this film!!!!!!

    And come on guys, don’t take it so seriously. We don’t have as much information as we like. This website was created by fans for fans alike. We share news, we speculate, we rejoice over the leaks we find, we wonder about whats’s to come. That’s what we do as people united by our love for this amazing franchise!!

  • August 3, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    The Stormtroopers are a big step backwards technology-wise after those destroyer droids, aren’t they? I know, it’s best not to think about the prequels!

  • August 3, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    Love the editorial, but I have a bad feeling about (another) abundance of lightsabers in the next trilogy.

    When a lightsaber was ignited in EPIV-VI, it *meant* something. The duels (Vader/Obi-Wan, Luke/Vader, Luke/Vader), one in each film, are all iconic moments, and using the weapons sparingly in the movies made it all the more glorious when they were whipped out for some dueling.

    In the PT, the noise and buzz of lightsabers was almost a constant and I half suspected each hilt to have an “Overkill” button. While the OT presented both the weapon and the wielder as semi-mystical, legendary, and almost sacred, the PT turned Jedi and their weapons into lame.

    • August 3, 2014 at 9:38 pm

      What is going to sell more movie tickets and intrigue more kids and teens? A couple of light sabers or a bunch of them?

      • August 3, 2014 at 11:19 pm

        Not at the expense of a good story, otherwise potential blockbusters turn into flops. The OT sold plenty of merchandise, and attracted fans of all ages without having much lightsaber screen time

      • August 4, 2014 at 12:44 am

        A few will sell better than many. Because it will make for a better movie. Kids like good movies just like adults. Lazy hack film makers. Like to use kids as an excuse for dumb stories weak characters and cheap unimagiative humor but the truth is kids loved the OT because the were brilliant and they either hated or were underwheled by the PT because they were “kids movies” again an excuse for garbage hack filmmaking. When I was a kid my standards may have been lower but I still perferred good movies to bad.

    • August 4, 2014 at 3:30 am

      I’m sure glad your not a creative force behind the new trilogy!

      • August 4, 2014 at 8:05 pm

        and I’m glad I don’t have to talk to you face to face, moron.

        • August 5, 2014 at 12:58 pm

          I seem to have started a trend here.

  • August 3, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    Stormtroopers with lightsabers?? I don’t think so………….lol. if you would even consider this rumor to be true you are indeed a big dumbass. only a Jedi or a sith can construct a lightsaber. only a force sensitive can calibrate the crystals to make a lightsaber work….so unless they have a sweatshop full of jedi prisoners constructing lightsabers ..there wont be stormtroopers wielding lightsabers…gimme a break…

    • August 4, 2014 at 12:43 am


    • August 4, 2014 at 9:14 am

      I think if storm troopers had light sabers it might muddle down the “wow” factor of a light saber but I mean c’mon, we’ve already been introduced to the Star Wars universe for 40 years now. So I say stop worrying about the “ooh let’s keep everything the same as the OT, and leave the mysticism in there by not coming up with new ideas”.

      Of freakin course they need to come up with new crazy ideas and problems for the Star Wars movies. It can’t just be the same diagram and feel as movies already done. That is simply not logical. What IS logical is the progression of an army, and evil empire. Every army in history has thought of new ways to gain the upper hand. So in my mind it seems quite terrifying if the empire began giving weapons as powerful as a light saber to their soldiers. And to say ONLY a force wielder can construct a light saber is ridiculous. Number one, it’s all about the crystal. Sith use “fake” synthetic crystals while Jedi hunt for theirs in a mystical Jedi cave shown in the clown wars. Making it much more special for Jedi. A right of passage. While the sith “cheat” in a way, simply fabricate it, then construct their lightsaber. Who’s to say an entity like the empire (being super advanced) hasn’t decided to find a way to mass produce them. And I would imagine they use lightsabers with a tactile approach. Meaning, they’re trained to use bladders from far away, but when it comes to close quarters why the hell not have a lightsaber to wipe out and wipe out your typical rebel soldier. Or have a “fighting” chance with a Jedi. It’s actually quite brilliant if they go this approach. It only makes sense from a tactile approach. If your biggest enemy are rebels, and the occasional Jedi, give your foot soldiers a big advantage with a weapon that will at least let them go toe to toe with a Jedi…

      And these are all rumors, something people seem to forget. Who knows what will really happen…I can’t wait to see because it sounds like they’re really trying to do stuff right, all while “making” the movie like the OT. I really can’t see JJ messing this up.

  • August 3, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    Stromtroopers being awful is just one of those things that fans ran away with as a good joke. Just like the exhaust port on the Deathstar became such a joke.

    When in reality we all know that no normal person or device was supposed to be able to perfectly place a missile into the port. It was technically impossible… until the Force (thought lost with the Jedi Order) came into play.

    Just because we witnessed some bad Stormtroopers doesn’t represent the entirety of the empire.

    All that said… if JJ is putting a focus on making ST’s really badass… it’s like a dream come true. I daydreamed of a videogame/storyline making ST’s awesome for decades. ST’s wear my favorite armor in the SW saga. So I’m totally onboard a thousand percent.

    • August 4, 2014 at 1:23 am

      How deadly would you make them? Could they kill a beloved hero in battle, or would you save that for a more dramatic moment?

      • August 4, 2014 at 6:53 am

        Let em kill red shirts. I don’t think a full on hero slaying is right unless it was done by a trooper who was a major character.

        They could wound them… they could also be this constant unstoppable harassing force. When 20 troopers are kicking down your door and filling the air with blaster fire I’d say it’s better to run.

        I had written this out better but for some reason wordpress ate it 🙁

        • August 4, 2014 at 12:14 pm

          Stormtroopers killed lots of Rebels and civilians (“red shirts”).

  • August 3, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    It is also possible, I guess, that perhaps JJ may just derive an idea or two from the Ralph McQuarrie art depicting lightsaber wielding stormtroopers, and provide them instead with a loose interpretation. Maybe, blaster swords in general or something of that nature, and not actual lightsabers.

    Another possibility if the abundance of lightsaber-users were to come to fruition could be that lightsabers are no longer the weapon of the Jedi, and have been replaced with something even greater. Kind of akin to the rumors of the Death Star (planet destroyer) being replaced with a galaxy destroyer. That might be kind of cool.

    • August 4, 2014 at 8:15 pm

      EXACTLY! Not “true” lightsabers, but maybe similar to the ones used by the mandalorians in the Clone Wars cartoon. The “real” lightsabers are still made by Force sensitive beings, are still rare, and are still not as “clumsy or random as a blaster.”

  • August 3, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    The only reason McQuarrie drew Troopers with Lightsabers is the same reason why he drew lots of things. Because Lucas thought it up first.

    They are his ideas which RM then gave visual life to and added some of his own which then were refined further by Lucas.

    The story used before the canon shuffle was that the Fett CT’s became the ST’s but then other clone templates were used as well as recruits.

    What the new Rebels show will reveal about them will be interesting but even though they were meant to be effective they certainly came off as idiots compared to the Clone Troopers.

    BTW Rachel and Thomas are apparently the actors Pip and Crystal.

    • August 3, 2014 at 11:28 pm

      Rachel and thomas are “lead roles” in the announcement, suggesting that they are ridley and boyega (pip and crystal were not present at the table read, and were not announced until much later)

  • August 3, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    The problem I have with Stormtroopers touting lightsabers is it leads to multiple saber battles like the PT. I want to see the duals being sparse and important and not just thrown around.
    Plus please let us see on film the making of a lightsaber

  • August 3, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    >Star Wars

  • August 3, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    Whats so special about a laser sword that the average guy can’t use or train with one. Stormtroopers were meant to have Sabers.

    • August 3, 2014 at 11:40 pm

      I think that non force sensitive people would have a lot more difficulty fighting with a lightsaber. They would be cut down in seconds if they faced a Jedi, and would not be able to block blaster shots. Stormtroopers are far more dangerous with a blaster than with a lightsaber, I’m sure. Just compare the damage you (without the Force i’m assuming) could inflict using a gun with using a sword.

    • August 4, 2014 at 7:27 pm

      I know! They should all be able to do force lightning as well. And everyone in the marvel universe should have cool adamantium claws.

      • August 4, 2014 at 8:53 pm

        You have become a troll.
        Don’t preach about Jesus in one post and bully others in another. People have memory.

        • August 4, 2014 at 9:12 pm

          I didn’t know using sarcasm == trolling. I wasn’t being mean. Wouldn’t cool adamantium claws be less cool if everyone had them?

  • August 3, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    I can’t get over how much Max Von Sydow looks like Alec Guinness.
    Pictures of Guiness from A New Hope look similar to how Van Sydow looks now.

    Me wonders if Von Sydow is related to Obi Wan in some way or another, and that Luke has a relationship with him wherever he is habitating?

    A character that is as old as Sydow is will have lived through all of the previous 6 films. I can’t help but believe that he will provide a connection to the past that is relevant to episode VII. It’s not like he appears out of nowhere, right?

    If he is powerful, then why didn’t we know about him earlier?
    Was he a potential jedi at some point?

    Also, keep in mind that Von Sydow is 85 years old!!! Holy cow. I don’t think that he is going to be in more than VII.

    If ROTJ was 30 years earlier that would make Sydow in his late 50’s…which is totally Obi-Wan familyage-range.

    Plus, if he gets killed off that would symbolically promote Luke to some sort of elder character in his eyes, which could make for a good plot transition for him deciding to counsel a potential young jedi who is maybe related to Van Sydow???

    Luke training an Obi-Wan relative?

    • August 3, 2014 at 11:53 pm

      If _I_ were writing the script, I would surely try to do something creative with von Sydow’s similarity to Obi-Wan. Various suggestions have been offered.

      He could be Obi-Wan’s brother (an obscure brother called “Owen” has actually figured in some EU sources), who was for some reason rejected by the Jedi as a child and has perhaps mastered the Dark Side instead — whether or not he is a Sith.

      Alternatively, von Sydow in human form could be a disguise used by Darth Plagueis, if he (like Zam Wesell) has shape-shifting powers. This would allow the movie to remain compatible with the eponymous novel about Darth Plagueis, which made him a Muun (albeit with the new information that he wasn’t really killed by Sidious).

      It would also allow the character to continue to appear in Episodes 8 and 9 even if von Sydow isn’t up to it because of his age: Plagueis simply sheds his human disguise and appears in Muun form throughout these films.

      Combine the two ideas, and we have a person claiming to be Obi-Wan’s brother approaching Luke, who is happy to help him (“I see the resemblance to your brother!”) In the climatic moments, we find out that this kind-looking “brother” of OW is actually Plagueis, whose true Muun form is like Voldemort on speed.

    • August 4, 2014 at 1:15 am

      “What if Domhnall was von Sydow’s son/grandson and Obi-Wan’s nephew/grand nephew? Obi-Wan remains celibate.”

    • August 4, 2014 at 3:57 pm

      This makes sense considering Luke is trying to form a new Jedi order. Luke has difficulty knowing where to start, so he travels to Obi-Wan’s remaining relatives in secrecy to restart the Order

  • August 3, 2014 at 11:39 pm

    One could imagine that even though the Empire proper crumbled, there are still many groups continuing to use its symbols, uniforms etc. in an attempt to carry on the “legacy”. Something like Neo-Nazis in our own world. The “Neo-Troopers” could be a serious nuisance.

    But if Christie’s character is 1) a Stormtrooper officer and 2) wields a light saber, I would suspect that at some point it is revealed that she is not just any Empire nostalgic, but a Sith trainee. She could be revealed as such in the climatic moments, whipping out the red saber. In the great Maul tradition, her role could be to function as a secondary yet prominent villain who is killed off at the end, providing a sense of come-upance and “good conquers evil” even though the main villain is still out there.

    The real bad guy is presumably von Sydow’s character, who may or may not be Darth Plagueis.

    • August 3, 2014 at 11:49 pm

      Von Sydow is 85, though. I cannot imagine that his character is planned for more than one film.

      We are all assuming he will be a bad guy, but that is very predictable casting since he ALWAYS plays the villain in the epic film.

      He would make an excellent hero character that is a martyr, and one that can deliver info from the past.

      • August 4, 2014 at 7:32 pm

        I’d hate if we had another dumbledore situation. I loved the first actor they had for him.

        • August 5, 2014 at 4:52 am

          The great Richard Harris I presume? They don’t make them like that anymore – the Harris’, Burton’, O’Toole’ Reed’, Marvin’, et al.

  • August 3, 2014 at 11:54 pm

    Is this movie going to be nothing but the rejects and returns from the OT while at the same time rejecting the very heart and soul of it which is “good vs evil”?

  • August 4, 2014 at 12:47 am

    People complain too much about the stormtroopers being such bad shots, but they forget how dangerous blasters are. Would you have wanted to see Han or Leia die at the hands of henchmen in the OT? Their job is to keep our heroes on their toes without killing them. You know, like henchmen everywhere else – Batman, Indiana Jones, Bond, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, etc.

  • August 4, 2014 at 12:57 am

    What if Domhnall was von Sydow’s son/grandson and Obi-Wan’s nephew/grand nephew? Obi-Wan remains celibate.

    • August 4, 2014 at 1:20 am

      I don’t know. What if…?

  • August 4, 2014 at 1:53 am

    I´m really tired of hearing stormtroopers are not as lethal, they can´t shot bla bla bla…let me explain how it works: you don´t shot the heroes. No matter how good the bad guys soldiers are, they never shot the main characters. What you see in a movie you always have to see it in a perspective of a picture, not a book reading…
    About the new stormtroopers – it could be new soldiers of new era, new republic but old armor (no money for new one).
    Finally – I´ve not desire to see the more human face of stormtroopers. To me they are anonymous soldier and there is stuff inside Star Wars Universe I´d like to keep mistery or secret. Why? Because that way I´ll enjoy the story more.

      • August 4, 2014 at 7:32 am

        Where can we find your great works of literature? Who published your opuses!

        • August 4, 2014 at 11:54 am

          I got a degree in Literature from U of M….that’s the only opus I need.

          What do you got, Last Sundays funnies section?

          • August 4, 2014 at 7:45 pm

            Write something someone wants to read!
            I guess earning a degree to point out grammar issues on blogs is your field of expertise.

  • August 4, 2014 at 3:16 am

    I thought stormtroopers are clones therefore copies of each other ie millions of bobby’s they all look the same they are the same height etc has the empire gone pc and let any old aspiring evil henchmen join the ranks??

    • August 4, 2014 at 3:37 am

      No, you and I are caught in a web of continuity hell!!!
      Just think they could be robot mannequins in armor?!?!

      • August 4, 2014 at 5:32 am

        What like the coplike androids in Thx 1138?

  • August 4, 2014 at 4:21 am

    Good lord how hard is it to understand? The original army was made of clones based off of Jango Fett’s DNA. When he died, they no longer had the original donor DNA. Add that to the problem with the clones being designed with rapid aging and you have the Empire recruiting humans to join their ranks.

    It’s actually been explained.

    • August 4, 2014 at 8:22 pm

      Yeah in Clone Wars, right? There’s a line about the Domino squad being inferior because they’re out of the original jango DNA and this batch was made from a copy – or something like that.

      Plus was the whole point of them being clones ultimately because they shared the same intentional “defect?” What I mean is, they were implanted with that biological chip that made them carry out order 66 without question. The elimination of the Jedi and the consolidation of power were palpatine’s two biggest goals. Once accomplished, an army of recruits is cheaper and more practical than maintaining the clone facility on kamino, no?

    • August 5, 2014 at 11:14 am

      I didn’t like how Kamino felt like it only existed to create clone troopers. It was an independent facility, so they should’ve been making clones for numerous organizations.

      And why only use Jango? Why not use other characters as well? Only using one type of clones is so boring.

  • August 4, 2014 at 5:20 am

    To quote MJ, “It doesn’t matter if you’re black or white.”

    • August 4, 2014 at 7:00 am

      It very much does matter. I enjoy white characters, but I’d rather see more characters who look like me (black people) and other non-whites than an all-white cast all the time, with a token in a support role.

      • August 4, 2014 at 8:42 am

        Well maybe you should get together with the poster above a create a segregated Star Wars a (whites only version and a blacks only version) “Jim Crow in space” of course you two would have trouble working together cause you may have look at each other and see how the pigmentation in your skin is slightly different from one another. And that would be really difficult to deal with. Do you have any idea how ridiculous you sound to suggest that someone is Moore like you just because of there skin tone? What about hight,weight Body mass index, IQ, favorite food, movie, music if you seriously think that john boyaga is automatically more like you than say mark Hamils just because he’s “black” you have a truly simple mind. How about here in 2014 we finally get past this ridiculously outdated notion of race and see that human beings are far to complex for such classifications to have any Value whatsoever.

        • August 4, 2014 at 10:07 am

          I can understand wanting to see more people who look like you if you are a marginalized minority. I live in Portland, OR which is one of the whitest metropolitan cities in the US. Their is a low-income neighborhood that I live in which has a black community(which is rare in this monoculture).
          There is a grant that is being instituted to provide little free libraries within these neighborhoods every few blocks, which provide culturally competent books to residents(which are donated by the library and others).
          This provides kids with books that are constituted with people who look like them, and share some similar experiences.
          If the culture around you is dominated by people who don’t look like you, it can be very helpful to have heroes to look up to that do look like you. It makes us feel more included in our culture and community.
          There is great value to having a diverse cast. Everyone benefits.
          Same goes for LGBTQ communities. When you are under-represented you feel less normal. The more you see people like you that are accepted, the more you feel accepted by your culture.

          • August 4, 2014 at 12:33 pm

            Look I totally agree that it is better for everyone to have diversity represented in all things (movies books ect.) but race is an outdated idea based on bad science and maintained by social norms based in bigotry and ignorance. Diversity and communion happens naturally when not blocked by such extraneous and valueless social taboos

          • August 4, 2014 at 1:36 pm

            As far as I have seen, diversity only seems to occur in this country when we purposely make room for it. We have been well conditioned to go with “white” and/or “male” as the default, effectively pushing women and minorities off to the side with token support roles.

          • August 4, 2014 at 2:23 pm

            @ Bono

            Diversity doesn’t happen naturally.
            It is forced by governments and other institutions. Ethnocentrism is what is natural. This is the way we are hardwired by nature in order to protect gene pools and ensure that a race of people will survive. We are naturally “racist.”

        • August 4, 2014 at 1:19 pm

          @ Bono:

          Okay. This is one of the stupidest responses I’ve read in a while. I comment on wanting greater racial diversity in Star Wars, and you reply with some nonsense about segregation and Jim Crow.

          Use your brain and reread my previous comment. I never said I had a problem with a person’s race, and I didn’t say their race made them more like me. I said that I wanted to see more characters who looked like me (black) because that’s the race I identify with, just as many women want to see more female characters.

          This doesn’t mean we can’t relate to those who look different from us. However, race and gender matter because, like it or not, we often identify with these sort of external visual indicators. It’s no coincidence that white people overwhelmingly dominate in movies, TV and other areas of media and cultural influence. Fortunately, the situation continues to shift towards greater inclusiveness.

          • August 5, 2014 at 2:19 am

            I was probably overly harsh I’m my critique of your post. I apologize. However I must point out that the kind of nice “natural” racialism that you are supporting is the foundation that underlies the hateful racism in mr snow (see up above) in a community wet one (group) is a majority and they all “naturally” what to see there group represented and since movies are not made for individuals but for the masses you will end up with movie that are all geared toward the majority. With a Token minority thrown in for “fairness”. You will get movies that target minorities but it won’t be the really big one like Star Wars. And in any event it leads to what I said earlier. This idea of movies for white people and different movies for black people (hence my usage of the Jim Crow segregation) and for what? To prop up this ridiculous hangup people have over arbitrary phenotypical differences. This nonsense about racism being natural is complete hokum. The reality is that te human race is one species which by definition means we “naturally” intermingle. If you look at the entire human race as it is, as opposed to how you age been taught to think it is. You will find that in fact there are not 3 or 4 or 5 different types of people. ( the brown one, the white ones, the yellow ones.) but in fact there is a continuous spectrum with virtually pale white on one pole and virtually jet black on the other end. There is no separation. The myth of race as been used to separate and exploit people for centuries. Science shows that it’s initial premise ( that God created people separate and they should therefor remain separate) is completely untrue. Now you say “like it or not” his is how society is. Well society is changing and in fact it always does. And one way to make I change for the better is for normal people like yourself to not and strength to nut job racist like (mr snow) by saying that there premise is essentially correct but that they are just to extreme.

          • August 5, 2014 at 2:52 am

            Wow is should proofread 😉
            Lots of typos

          • August 5, 2014 at 5:11 am

            @ Bono:

            So you’re telling me that desiring greater racial diversity in Star Wars is bad because it’s the foundation for racist behavior? What nonsense! Tim Snow’s comments reflect the idea that white people should be at the center of the story, whereas I want it available for everyone.

            What are you talking about? Star Wars has already casted several black actors, so this group is being targeted. We don’t need separate movies for separate races in Star Wars when we can have one set that’s inclusive.

            Just because we’re all a part of one human race doesn’t mean we don’t see ourselves in terms of our differences, however trivial, they may be in the larger picture. We may all see ourselves as human beings, but we don’t all identify as white men. Movies like Star Wars should reflect that truth.

          • August 5, 2014 at 6:20 am

            @ Bono

            Myth of race?

            Go to Africa and see how they live compared to Europe. And then tell me we’re all the same.

            It’s Marxist egalitarian horse**** what you’re saying.

            Now, because we are different, does this mean that we don’t all contribute somehow?

            Absolutely not…but there are differences between different races of people just like there are differences between an Australian Shepard and a Bulldog.

            Yeah, they’re both dogs, and they can both have sex with one another and reproduce.

            But nobody in their right mind says they’re the same…yet some do claim that Whites, Blacks, Asians, Arabs and so forth are identical.

            This is big lie.

            There are differences, HUGE differences, but it’s these distinguishing characteristics that provide for a colorful and interesting global landscape.

          • August 5, 2014 at 1:26 pm

            @ max rebo
            Wow!! It must take effort to cram that much garbage into one post. First I don’t think you know what the word “race” means. you say that people in Africa live different than people in Europe. This had nothing to do with a conversation about race. There are over a million “blacks” living in the UK and most have never been to Africa or know anyone who lives there. People live differently all over the world regardless of race. You think someone living in a slum in Bulgaria lives the same as someone living in Beverly Hills California just because they are both “white”. And what the hell does Marxism have to do with the conversation at all? No offense but you obvious have no idea what Marxism is. That sounds like something a stereotypical moron like Archie bunker would say. Finally you compare race to dog breeds. Which is hilarious because it totally destroys your argument. You apparently don’t know that dog breeds are not a natural occurrence they must be actively separated in order artificially create the dog groups you are talking about. Leave a collection Australian Shepards and bulldogs alone and in a few years what you will have is a collection of dogs. And finally. We are not arguing whether or not there are deference among people. André the Giant was enormously different than Peter Dinkage. (tyrion lannister from Game of thrones). But the are not a different breed or even a different race they are just different people.

          • August 6, 2014 at 1:41 am

            @ Bono

            There are psychological as well as anatomical differences between different ethnic groups.

            For example, whites can’t run as fast or jump as high as blacks can.

            Why? Because blacks have higher levels of testosterone and more fast twitch muscle.

            East Asians from Hong Kong and Japan have the highest average IQ in the world and additionally have very low levels of testosterone.

            Also, there are different diseases which only effect certain racial groups, while not effecting other races at all.

            While there are obviously a lot of similarities, saying everyone is identical in spite of the fact they look different behave differently, and function differently is really obtuse.

            We are not all one racial group; race is not a social construct.

            And you know what else, it’s really a good thing that we’re different. The world would be a pretty boring place otherwise.

          • August 6, 2014 at 8:40 am

            @max Rebo
            race is not a social construct” wow man you have got a lot or poorly thought out, partially explored ideas rolling around in your head. I don’t know what you think a social construct is, but there is not a credible socialigist in the world ( regardless of the degree they do or do not apply the concept) that would deny that it is a social construct. A semi-intellegent indevidual might make the argument that it is a useful social contruct. But to deny that it one you must have gotten your sience education at the creation museum. You must have skipped every biology class you ever had. What “race” is a Latino/Hispanic? Well they would be regarded as Latino or Hispanic whichever word you choose. Why not consider “mixed” like say the offspring of black and white parents usually are? Well simple the “experts” decided that this group was socially/culturally district enough not to be regarded as white/native amarican mix but it’s own sepert group. That is as obvious a case of a construct as you will get. In fact no serious sociologist very much uses the term race anymore. They generally prefer ethnicity. Because it is a term that is understood to refer to a persons culture. And as such is not weighed down by centuries of misuse the way race is. And lastly you use the word obtuse. I can’t think I how anyone could more obtuse than you are being. I have already given clear examples to show that differences between people as nothing to do the word race. Some people are tall some see short are try a different race? Some people are smart some are not. Does that make them a differnt race? Some people have straight hair others have kinky hair how in the hell is this a more significant difference than the examples listed above?

          • August 6, 2014 at 10:05 am

            @ Bono

            By your logic, since they’re both cats, a Lion and a Cheetah are the same.

            And a Gorilla is the same as a Chimpanzee.

            And a Parrot and a Cockatoo are the same.

            The only differences are in our minds.

            These are all “constructs” created by scientists, and in truth, they don’t really exist.


          • August 6, 2014 at 5:22 pm

            @max rebo
            Wow you truly are a f*cking moron aren’t you?
            cheetah… Different species
            chimpanzee…different species
            cockatoo …different species
            Why don’t you give examples of different races of animals instead different species? Oh wait you can’t because race is not a biological classification it’s a social one dipsh*t

  • August 4, 2014 at 5:23 am

    George Lucas has a black son. Boyega may not be Luke’s son, but Boyega may be mentored by Luke. Times have changed, making all main characters in Star Wars white would make it a non diverse galaxy, which makes no sense. Please realize that ABC is going to air a new sitcom called Blackish. No token parts for blacks anymore. Look at what Robert Downey Did For The Homes TV show, Watson is an Asian woman.
    Look at what was done with Hannible TV show. Gender and race changed characters.
    If Lucas got his way in the early 70s you would have seen Luke a woman role, raised by little people. And you would have had Black Characters, look at Thx 1138 nude black dancer, black cast member in supporting role.
    Olala black dancer in ROTJ, special edition what got extended scene refilmed? Olala same actress. Holiday Special musical number with fairies lead by Diane Caroll. Mace Windu large part played by Jedi all three films. Did I forget Lando? Times change and casts will reflect society, Star Wars was about breaking down norms and dealing with morality. Go get a shoebox and some white figures go put on your own StarWar for yourself.

    • August 4, 2014 at 8:40 am


      • August 4, 2014 at 8:45 am

        Who’s a gang member?

        • August 4, 2014 at 9:03 am

          Just to make it clear my above comment asking “who is gang member ?” Was in response to Tom snow’s comment which he has since edited. In the comment that now no longer exists he ask why white actors should loose out jobs to gang members . In all Seriousness Tom snow you should get some professional help. I don’t know what happened to you that has caused you to hate millions of people you have never met just because of the skin tone. But the world Is only gonna get harder and harder for people like you to live in.

  • August 4, 2014 at 5:31 am

    Force guides a Jedi. Stromtrooper trained in a lightsaber fighting will never match padawan, because pawan will use the Force. Force will tell when to parry and when to strike. Also, stormtroopers can’t parry blaster fire like Jedi, so it’s easy to shoot them.

  • August 4, 2014 at 6:20 am

    To whom it concerns,

    I really enjoy this site. It connects Star Wars fans from around the globe and allows us to all to share our thoughts and feelings on the news and rumors of Episode 7. I enjoy the different angles of the articles and the fact that there are articles on other Star Wars related news.

    There is an issue I have noticed that has occurred a few times (and it’s not just on this site that it has happened). And before I go into that, I first want to make clear the fact that I realize not everyone lives in the same country. And every country has it’s own use of grammar and words. I do understand that everyone involved in this site are taking time out of their day to post articles and to maintain this site to share their love of Star Wars with us. That alone deserves a round of applause.

    To those involved in writing the articles. Do you guys ever proof read your articles before you actually post them? Do you guys have some kind of system where another set of eyes reads over the articles before posting one? A second pair of eyes sometimes will notice things that the writer himself/herself does not notice.

    “I’m have new info that puts things into new perspectives.” It should read “I have new info that puts things into new perspectives.” Now it’s just one word written wrong. But to me it speaks volumes to the level of professionalism represented on this site.

    It’s one thing to post a personal comment and misuse words. But when writing and posting articles for a site more time and care should be taken to prevent little mistakes such as that. That is just my opinion. But when I read an article and all I take away from it is the misuse of a word it raises questions.

    • August 4, 2014 at 6:48 am

      “But when I read an article and all I take away from it is the misuse of a word it raises questions.”

      That’s all you take away from it? Don’t get me wrong. It’s nice that you respectfully asked the writers to be more careful to avoid grammar mistakes. But seriously?

        • August 4, 2014 at 12:35 pm

          Okay, cool. But it shouldn’t be so bad you miss the point of the article entirely.

    • August 4, 2014 at 6:56 am

      Check your last sentence.
      So ambiguous!

      • August 4, 2014 at 7:07 am

        I coughed and choked on it.

        • August 4, 2014 at 7:13 am

          Darthjagdog, is champion of run-on sentences.

          • August 4, 2014 at 11:49 am

            I wouldn’t want people to know who I am either with spelling like yours

          • August 4, 2014 at 7:27 pm

            Use a period in your sentence when attempting to correct someone.

          • August 4, 2014 at 12:16 pm

            It’s the best way to show how annoying it is to read something with errors. Remove a period and add a comma. Repeat the same sentence using different words. I was going to write 35 paragraphs but that would’ve taken to long. See I am not the only one who notices such misuse.

  • August 4, 2014 at 7:35 am

    The backstory of Gwendoline Christie running after Boyega has parallels to Boba Fett seeking out Han Solo for Jabba.

    I see Boyega’s situation as a deserter already being in play when the movie starts just like Han Solo was already in debt to Jabba and getting chased by Boba Fett.

    At some point, the plot will focus on that as a front-story (aka Jabba’s Palace in ROTJ) but remain as a small supporting plot progressing along.

  • August 4, 2014 at 8:21 am

    I hope this is a joke. If not. Seriously what the hell is wrong with you? Where you dropped on your head as a baby or just raised by crazy neo-nazi parents? What is it? I really can understand how anyone can muster up enough energy to give a shit what someone’s skin complexion is. Really what made u this way?

  • August 4, 2014 at 11:46 am

    I agree that Disney is taking a gamble with unknown Boyega.

    Taking the established story and radically altering it by including him as the lead is quite risky.

    It would make sense if he a was a Skywalker or Solo, but he isn’t.

    As such, he will be a pretender to the throne which the audiences will rightfully reject.

    Last, Star Wars is the crown jewel of cinema, this isn’t the time to perform social experiments and hope they turn out right.

    • August 4, 2014 at 12:05 pm

      Star Wars is bigger than the Skywalkers and Solos as the only leads in the episodic series. I welcome its expansion with more and more outsiders, some of whom will marry into those two iconic families.

    • August 4, 2014 at 12:18 pm

      What established story? Are one of those people who are still clinging to the completely unfounded belief that these will be a film adaptation of a EU book?

  • August 4, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    Maybe Boyega and Gwendy are Force sensitives who were recruited and trained by the Empire to become an elite group of stormtroopers that wield lightsabers while everyone else is normal.

    Luke may not be alone in seeking out the best-of-the-best in the galaxy….

  • August 4, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    Picked this up from a union forum.

    “I’ve worked on this movie from the get go (technician). I’ve been on set 97% of the shoot and I’m not going to lie, its hard. It’s hard for a young guy to witness daily the regeneration of a beloved classic and keep quiet. Yes, we all signed NDAs, but the NDAs are just a surface thing. We’re all collaborating on something thats once in a lifetime…and we owe it to each other to respect and honour that, or not. JJ was always adamant about that point. It’s not about secrecy, it’s about integrity. Cause in the end, we’re all star wars fans.”

  • August 4, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    You know nothing, Tim Snow.

  • August 4, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    Um, why couldn’t frodo be black? Yes, the ring would need to be a little more bling, but that could easily be taken care of.

    • August 4, 2014 at 9:05 pm

      Your a bigot, don’t even start how you are not, Bling huh? So Stereotypical Nate. You’ve done it before so get your shovel.

      • August 4, 2014 at 9:17 pm

        It was a joke. Call me cracker all you want, or say I can’t jump. I don’t care. You need to invest in some thicker skin.

  • August 4, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    Sorry. I seems to me that Daisy’s character is the lead.

  • August 4, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    Bugs Bunny is grey – all the bunnies I’ve ever
    seen were white! What’s wrong with the world?

  • August 5, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    I don’t get why stormtroopers would start using lightsabers. There’s a reason modern armies started using guns instead of swords. Seems cheesy …

    • August 6, 2014 at 7:09 am

      In our galaxy, swords can’t be relied upon to block gunfire.

  • August 6, 2014 at 10:57 am

    Um, there were no black Stormtroopers as the Empire was entirely Caucasian.

    Boyega being a Stormtrooper is about as accurate as him being a Nazi in 1940 Germany.

    This move by Disney reeks of political correctness and revisionist history.

  • January 6, 2015 at 4:07 am

    Was Finn at the ImpTraCen with Ezra?
    Does he end up in carbonite?

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