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Star Wars: Episode VII Plot Details Reveal The Main Character And Secret New Threats

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Luke SkywalkerStar Wars: Episode VII is kind of a big deal, you probably guessed that. It’s also a huge secret. Director J.J. Abrams, Disney, and Lucasfilm kept the cast under wraps until they were just about ready to get the cameras rolling, and the plot has been more heavily guarded than many classified government documents. But just like there are leaks in government agencies, there are leaks from the London-based set of Episode VII, and the latest rumors floating around may give you an idea of what the story of the latest addition to the Star Wars canon may look like.

Stop reading if you don’t want to encounter SPOILERS. Things are intentionally vague, but still, it could ruin things for you, so you may want to STOP READING now. You’ve been warned.

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Star Wars Rebels: It’s Official, Jason Isaacs Will Voice The Inquisitor

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Jason IsaacsWe’ve heard the rumors and rumblings for quite some time, but now it is official, Jason Isaacs will take an adventure to a galaxy far, far away. He will lend his stern, serious voice to the Inquisitor, the main villain, and the first character we met, from Disney and Lucasfilm’s upcoming animated series Star Wars Rebels.

The Inquisitor is a particularly nasty fellow, tasked with tracking down and doing away with any remaining Jedi Knights he can find after Order 66 breaks up the band. In the wake of the Clone Wars, the Empire is out to squash anyone who may be a threat to them, such as the former guardians of the Galactic Republic, or at least any who may still be alive, which isn’t all that many, to be honest.

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Ian McDiarmid Won’t Be In Episode VII But Thinks He’ll Return To Star Wars

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PalpatineAs expected, there have been tons of rumors swirling around in regards to J.J. AbramsStar Wars: Episode VII. Most of them concern what the plot could look like, who might be hunting whom, and whether or not certain characters will be back for another trip around that galaxy far, far away. Now one former cast member has come out and said that, while he won’t appear in Episode VII, he still thinks that he might revisit his character in future installments.

Talking at the recent London Film and Comic-Con, Ian McDiarmid, who fans will remember played evil, intergalactic dickweed Senator Palpatine, specifically quashed rumors that he would reprise the villainous role. He said, “I’m definitely not in Episode VII.”

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Star Wars: Episode VII Casts The Parkour Practicing Christina Chong

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Christina ChangWhen the initial casting announcement came out for J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII, there was an initial backlash because it was pretty much all dudes. Aside from returning star Carrie Fisher, the only other woman was newcomer Daisy Ridley. Since that announcement at the end of April, however, Disney and Lucasfilm have increased the female contingent, and today they’ve added another in the person of the relatively unknown Christina Chong.

Latino-Review reports that the young actress has joined the shoot, which is already underway at Pinewood Studios in London, England. Though she has appeared in movies like Johnny English Reborn and shows like Doctor Who, but has most recently been seen in Jack Bauer’s latest adventures in 24: Live Another Day.

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Jon Stewart And Stephen Colbert Battle Over Who Is The Bigger Star Wars Fan

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I’ve always thought that the best way to promote a charity is to use comedians, and I don’t understand how Comic Relief isn’t currently the most mainstream it’s ever been. In any case, a Star Wars charity is a little different, as its focus is a little more specific than “comedy,” but that doesn’t mean The Daily Show‘s Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report‘s Stephen Colbert don’t know how to raise awareness. Honestly, if Jon Stewart dressed up as Star Wars characters to promote a charity that made people poor and sick, instead of helping them, I’d probably still contribute a few bucks.

The satirical talk show hosts are promoting Omaze’s Star Wars: Force for Change, an initiative from Disney and Lucasfilm to raise money and awareness for UNICEF’s Innovation Labs. The Innovation Labs work with children all over the world, leading them to a brighter and more intelligent future in the world of science and technology. These are the people who will one day make the discoveries that save future generations. That’s the most important part, of course, but the main draw here is a little different.

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Comic(s) Relief: Marvel Releasing Massive Star Wars Omnibus

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SWarsOmniStar Wars has had a long history of comic-book adventures over the years. Dark Horse Comics held the license for over 20 years, publishing such must-read series as Dark Empire, Knights of the Old Republic, and Star Wars: Legacy. In January 2013 it was announced that the Star Wars comics license would be returning to Marvel, who published Star Wars comics for nine years beginning right after the release of the original film in 1977. New Star Wars comics will begin hitting shelves sometime in 2015, but first Marvel will be revisiting its past with George Lucas’ franchise. Set to release in January 2015, Star Wars: The Original Marvel Years will collect the first 44 issues of Marvel’s Star Wars comic, as well as the first annual.

So what sort of stories should you expect in the Omnibus?

It’s the return of the Jedi to Marvel in an opening volume that begins with Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope and ends with Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back. In between, the rebels face a wealth of new perils, from space pirate Crimson Jack to the bounty hunter Beilert Valance, as well as a surprisingly svelte Jabba the Hut (one ‘t’). Luke goes back to Tatooine, Leia battles alone, Han and Chewie play the deadly Big Game, and Darth Vader hunts for answers! Revisit all your old favorites and discover some new ones!