The Plot Thickens: 5 Questions Being Asked by Star Wars Fans About The
Anticipation has reached fever-pitch for the next instalment of the Star Wars
franchise, which opens in cinemas around the world at the end of this week. There
are already avid fans camping outside theatres and cinemas, desperate to get the
best seats when they’re finally let in for their midnight showings, and experts are
predicting one of the biggest box office takes ever recorded.
But what of the film itself? Well, there are many questions floating around about
the plot, the characters, and why exactly Luke Skywalker was omitted from the
film’s official poster. Here are the top five questions being asked by Star Wars fans
in the run-up to the film’s release:
Who’s the Jedi?
Star Wars films are almost always built around a main character developing and
learning to control Jedi powers. Some of the new trailers suggest that this
instalment’s Jedi will be the runaway Stormtrooper, Finn – he’s been spotted with a
lightsabre a few times – but there are those who speculate that Rey, the female
bounty hunter, could be the real Jedi of this film. Perhaps there’ll be two Jedis – or
none at all! Fans will have to wait and see.
How are Maz and Yoda linked?
Yoda is, of course, a famous character from previous instalments, but it’s been
revealed by Lupita Nyong’o that her character, Maz Kanata (a centuries old space
pirate) has crossed paths with the furry little genius. Will Yoda get a look-in at any
point in the new film? Could he turn up as a ghost, offering his sage (if oddly
worded) wisdom to the young Jedis?
Where are the blood ties?
It wouldn’t be Star Wars without a complex family tree to get to grips with – and
many fans are wondering how the new generation of characters link in with each
other. Could Rey and Kylo Ren (this movie’s bad guy) be brother and sister? Are
any of the new characters descended from the Skywalker line – and if so, are they
Leia’s child, or Luke’s? Star Wars sure does love its sibling drama.
What’s the significance of BB-8?
The cute new spherical droid was originally thought of as just ‘dressing’ (and
probably a new merchandising avenue for Disney), but a recent trailer released in
China has shown that the droid’s background is ‘classified’, which suggests the little
gadget is much more than a cutesy way to sell more toys this Christmas. But what
is the significance of BB-8?
Where is Luke?
This is the question that’s hot on everyone’s lips. While we’re seen plenty of
glimpses of the old generation, Han Solo and General Leia, Luke Skywalker has
been noticeably absent from most trailers and the movie’s official poster. There was
a brief shot of his hand in one of the first teaser’s to be released – but where in the
galaxy is Luke, and what is he up to? Of course, there are rumours abound that the
old hero has gone over to the Dark Side, while others are suggesting Disney have
gone down the Frozen route and exiled Luke because he can’t control his Jedi
powers. Both seem equally plausible – and we have a feeling the answer to this
particular question will dictate a lot of the movie’s plot.