Star Wars: Episode VII Photo Features An Unexpected X-Wing Pilot

Well, we didn't see that coming.

By Nick Venable | Updated

star wars episode viiWhat do you think you know about Star Wars: Episode VII? You know that Harrison Ford is returning to reprise his role of Han Solo, but do you really know that? I mean, what if he’s playing an evil replicant version of Han Solo and J.J. Abrams & Co. are just dicking around with the fans? Which brings us to a set photo, the latest of many, that shows off what looks to be Adam Driver, the Girls star who was cast in a role that many suspect is one of the film’s villains. The thing is, he was recently spotted wearing an X-Wing pilot suit.

(Mos Eisley Cantina record player scratch)

Why you wearing them good guy clothes, Mr. Driver? I’m going to need to see your license, registration, and your business card that says if you’re part of the Imperial Empire or not. Now, if we’re being entirely candid, the image isn’t extremely clear, so it’s entirely possible that it isn’t Driver at all. But then we can also entertain the notion that this isn’t even a shot of the Star Wars: Episode VII set, and that we’re just looking at the outside of an outdoor cosplay convention. But that’s just boring.

Click on the mocked-up picture below to see the original image, as legal questions are keeping up from posting it ourselves.

adam driverSo what are the scenarios that allow Driver to don the colorful jumpsuit? If he is, in fact, one of the bad guys, it’s possible he’s posing as a Rebel in order to enact some odious scheme, or even that he begins the film as a Rebel, only to turn to the dark side after some personal turmoil. Driver is easily capable of switching from nice guy to monster, so I wouldn’t be surprised if there is double-crossing happening on some level.

But maybe he isn’t a bad guy at all, and we’ve just been under the wrong assumption this entire time. After the “Khan debacle” in Star Trek Into Darkness, it’s clear that Abrams is willing to lie about anything he wants in order to quell fan anticipation. Maybe this part of the Star Wars saga has done away with “good” and “evil” completely, and everyone is just complacent with mediocrity.

Past rumors have suggested that the years after Return of the Jedi saw the boundaries between the Empire and the Alliance crumble, which may lead to vehicles and uniforms switching sides. So this could just be Bad Guy Driver wearing his usual uniform, and it all makes sense. All I really, really want to know is, will he be driving that snazzy black X-Wing?

What’s the biggest takeaway from this? That we now know that we may know less than we thought we knew before, and that J.J. Abrams’ Mystery Box doesn’t feel any less claustrophobic than it has in the past. Find out more when Star Wars: Episode VII hits theaters on December 18, 2015, or maybe even before then.

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