Star Wars: Episode VII director J. J. Abrams shows off an iconic Star Wars vehicle for charity, and the plot of Episode VII could have been leaked.
The legendary X-Wing star fighter will definitely be making an appearance in Episode VII, as confirmed in a video posted by the Star Wars official Twitter account.
In a bid to promote the “Star Wars: Force for Change” UNICEF fund raiser, Abrams shot a video on set announcing that those who donate at least $10 will stand a chance to visit the Episode VII set and appear in a scene in the movie.
As the camera zooms out, it is revealed that Abrams was standing next to a blue, battered X-Wing fighter.
The X-Wing fighter featured prominently in the original Star Wars trilogy. It was used by the Rebel Alliance, and was frequently pitted against the Galactic Empire’s TIE Fighter in space combat scenes. The main protagonist of Episodes IV, V and VI, Luke Skywalker, flew in an X-Wing.
Next up are some potential major spoilers, so readers that do not want the film spoiled are advised from reading beyond this point.
Earlier in the week, Bad Ass Digest claims to have uncovered the plot for Episode VII, and leaked it.
Briefly, the movie begins with the new characters, played by Daisy Ridley and John Boyega, stumbling upon Jedi Master (?) Luke Skywalker’s “severed hand” and lightsaber floating through space.
The plot will revolve around the pair’s quest to return the lightsaber to the “proper people.”
Ridley and Boyega’s quest will lead them to Han Solo and Chewbacca, who are apparently not flying the legendary Millennium Falcon anymore.
The former (?) smugglers and Rebel war heroes recognize Luke’s lightsaber, and claim that they have not sighted their pal “in thirty years.”
As Episode VII is set thirty years after Return of the Jedi, this means that Luke has been missing for quite a while, and things may not have been quite so nicely resolved after the death of Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader.
Bad Ass Digest adds that:
“In many ways this plot of Episode VII is an echo of A New Hope. Instead of R2 coming to Tatooine it’s a hand falling from the sky, but the basic sweep of the story is similar, and intentionally so. But things that seem familiar may not be as familiar as you think – don’t assume that every ice or desert planet in the galaxy has already been visited, if you know what I’m saying.”
If this is really the plot of Episode VII, then fans are set for quite a ride.