Thereâ€™s been an awakening. Not in the Force, per seâ€”although surely a Supreme Leader or two willÂ disagree aboutÂ thatâ€”but in the Star Wars chatter hitting our feeds since The Force AwakensÂ opened.
You might have expected the rumors to slow down following the release of J.J. Abramsâ€™ film, but no. Not in the slightest. Rumors, and theories about the next generation of star warriors abound, as does speculation about future installments in everyoneâ€™s favorite space opera. Thereâ€™s so much buzz that itâ€™s impossible to keep up with it all. Thatâ€™s why weâ€™re here. Our mission here at Cantina Talk (working title, though it might stick) is to bring you all the juicy bits we can find. Appreciate these highlights, friends, many Bothans spent some time on the Internet to bring you this information.
Are Finn And Poe Destined to Be a Couple?
Source: The hopes and dreams of the assembled fandom.
Probability of Accuracy:Â Highly Unlikely
The Real Deal: If one thing lodged in the collective unconscious of audiences, it isÂ that Reyâ€™s awesome. If two things lodged, the other surely isÂ the friendship between Finn and Poe Dameron, which prompted allÂ kindsÂ of speculation that the two characters are being set up as a romantic coupleâ€”an idea helped along by Oscar Isaac hinting at â€œa very subtle romanceâ€ during a promotional interview for the movie.
Whoa, not so fast. Journalist Chris Mandle shared something from a future John Boyega interview on Twitter guaranteed to break some hearts:
Sad news: John Boyega confirmed to me the Finn/Poe romance is not canon and it only exists â€œin Oscarâ€™s headâ€
â€” Chris Mandle (@chris_mandle) January 6, 2016
All isnâ€™t lost, of course, and, letâ€™s face it, the idea led to some great fan art. ButÂ even if Finn and Poe donâ€™t become a couple, it doesnâ€™t mean either of them are necessarily straight, especially given how excited Isaac seems to be about the idea. If nothing else, itâ€™d be worth it just to mess with the bigots who had a problem with Star Wars: Aftermathâ€™s Sinjir Rath Velus.
Supreme Leader Snoke Is Darth Vader
Source: Twitter, The Internet
Probability of Accuracy:Â Laughingly Absurd
The Real Deal: Comics store owner Ryan Higgins launched a Star Destroyer fleetâ€™s worth of speculation last week when he tweeted these images side-by-side:
â€” Ryan Higgins (@RyanHigginsRyan) January 7, 2016
He immediately followed thatÂ with a second tweetÂ saying, â€œIâ€™ll file this under â€˜purposefully similar to the originals to invoke the feelsâ€™ instead of â€˜character hidden in plain sight.’â€ The Internet was less guarded, and appeared to consider the similarities proof of a connection between Lord Vader and Supreme Leader Snoke. (For those who havenâ€™t seen the film, or Higginsâ€™ tweet, the similarity isnâ€™t that theyâ€™re both bald; itâ€™s the scar atop their heads thatâ€™s seen as the damning evidence.) While itâ€™s not impossible that there is some connection between the two charactersâ€”indeed, thatâ€™s almost guaranteed considering Snokeâ€™s control over the Vader-worshipping Kylo Renâ€”the possibility that Snoke actually is a somehow resurrected Vader seems more than a little slight. Weâ€™re siding with Higgins on this one.
Young Han Solo Will Appear in Rogue One
Source: Industry rumors
Probability of Accuracy:Â Probable
The Real Deal: A report in Variety didnâ€™t just list some of the actors on the shortlist to play everyoneâ€™s favorite space smuggler in the Lawrence Kasdan-written Han Solo prequel project, it also contained this surprising little nugget: â€œWhile insiders were unable to confirm, the new Solo could have a small cameo in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story before appearing in his own standalone pic.â€ This is somewhat surprising given that the official synopsis for Rogue One suggests that it takes place immediately prior to A New Hope (it is, after all, about the stealing of the Death Star plans that leads to the raid that opens the latter movie), which would make a 20-year-old Han too young to be involved. For now, weâ€™ll file this under, â€œWell, if you say soâ€¦â€
Reyâ€™s Parentage Will Remain a Mystery Until Episode IX
Source: Speculation following filmmaker comments
Probability of Accuracy: Unclear, Try Again Later
The Real Deal: A recent interview with Episode IX director Colin Trevorrow definitely gave the impression that while the identity of Reyâ€™s parents isnâ€™t a mystery to those working on the Star Wars movies (J.J. Abrams is also amongst those in the know, apparently), the audience wonâ€™t find out until 2019. â€œWeâ€™re going to make sure that that answer is deeply and profoundly satisfying,â€ he told Entertainment Tonight. â€œWeâ€™ll make sure that that answer is something that feels like it was something that happened a long time ago, far away, and weâ€™re just telling you what happened.â€ Putting aside the notion that Star Wars should be reportage instead of a gleefully pulpy adventure movie, itâ€™s not obvious whether or not Trevorrow is using â€œweâ€ in his response to talk about everyone working on all the Star Wars movies, or just those working with him on Episode IX. If itâ€™s the latter, then the obvious question to ask is: Why arenâ€™t we going to find out in Episode VIII? (And if weâ€™re not going to find out then, does that mean Luke isnâ€™t her father?)
Episode VIII Will Be the Dark Empire Strikes Back-Like Episode
Source: Speculation following actor comments
Probability of Accuracy:Â Probable
The Real Deal: During an interview with British Vogue John Boyega expressed relief that he no longer had to keep secrets about The Force Awakens, but then reveled heâ€™s back to keeping mum now that work has begun on 2017â€™s Episode VIII. His only comment on the screenplay? â€œItâ€™s great. Much darker, but weâ€™re very excited.â€ Well, of course itâ€™s darker; thatâ€™s what Star Wars trilogies do with their middle installmentsâ€”and given how much The Force Awakens â€œhomagedâ€ the original Star Wars, itâ€™s absolutely no surprise that its follow up would go a similar route to 1980â€™s Empire Strikes Back. Given that that movie is regarded by many (if not most) fans as the best Star Wars feature to date, letâ€™s take a moment to consider the pressure on director Rian Johnson to deliver with his chapter.
â€¦OK, momentâ€™s over. Donâ€™t screw it up, Johnson.