Just because Star Wars: Episode VII has wrapped up principal photography, that doesn’t mean that we’re going to stop hearing news and reports and rumors floating around the airwaves from all different directions. We just won’t see any more set photos taken from planes circling overhead or from spy drones (seriously, that’s mind boggling). In fact, another one is making the rounds and claims to offer some details about a potential villain.
There are, this should be obvious by now, possible SPOILERS beyond this point. There’s nothing too specific, but if you’re trying to maintain the mystery, maybe you should do something else. Also, these are unofficial, unsubstantiated reports, so take them with a grain of salt.
First, a piece of what is purported to be concept art showed up on a message board, showing a sinister, villainous looking fellow, complete with a cool new kind of lightsaber. Wearing all black, with a nasty looking robotic mask, this guy wields what looks like a lightsaber version of a medieval broadsword.
This image was just kind of out there for people to take or leave, but Indie Revolver, who has been all over this kind of thing since the beginning, and seems to have ties close to the production chimed in, saying this is indeed legit. And more than that, it’s not just a concept, but it made it into the final film. They said:
I can confirm that not only is this legitimate production art but that this particular concept made its way through pre-production and into the film. This character and his lightbroadsword have filmed scenes in England.
Some suspect that this could be tied to that nuclear explosion of a spoiler that dropped a while back (read about it HERE if you like, but be warned, if true, it might ruin the end of the movie for you). We’ll have to wait and see.
Making Star Wars, another site all over the Episode VII news beat, has their own two-cents on this matter. They say:
The mask on what I have seen differs from the Star Wars Underworld mask. The mark is more like a crusader knight. Just a shiny red metallic mask with a single visor straight across the front. Basically the red mask is like a helmet with a faceplate and visor that is a thin black line. His lightsaber is red, not orange like some depictions we have seen of bad guys in the past. He looks like Darth Revan mixed with the Emperor’s Royal Guards from the previous six Star Wars films.
What this means, if anything, remains to be seen. We don’t know who it is, if it’s real, if it is in fact in the final movie, or it is just an idea that someone had. Still, this could be cool, especially if it is who people seem to think it is. It could add knights-in-shinning-armor element. Until Star Wars: Episode VII opens on December 18, 2015, we’ll just have to continue to speculate and keep watching Star Wars Rebels. And again, be careful out there, big spoilers lurk around every corner.