Director J.J. Abrams is famous for keeping the details about his films a secret, and he’s been especially careful with Star Wars: Episode VII. But that doesn’t keep the rumors from coming. Everyday we get “new details” on this and that, and today is no different. The latest piece of Star Wars information gives away the main character and plot that we’ll see in Episode VII.
According to YouTube critic Schmoes Know (via Latino Review), a casting notice from Abrams and Bad Robot was leaked, and said notice included a plot and character breakdown. Here it is:
Storyline: Two 17 year old twins, a girl and a boy, are trained by their uncle Luke to be the greatest Jedis in the galaxy. Problems arise when the male twin turns to the dark side.
Jaina Solo – Female, 17 years old, lead. – Jacen’s twin sister, one of the greatest Jedi’s in the galaxy, trained by her uncle Luke Skywalker
Jacen Solo – Male, 17 years old, lead – Jaina’s twin brother, one of the greatest Jedi’s in the world. A loner who is constantly struggling with the idea of what’s right and what’s wrong. Starts to turn to the dark side. Full of conviction that what he is doing is the “right thing”. Will eventually become Darth Caedus.
If you’re scratching your head and wondering where you’ve heard these stories before, well they come from the Star Wars Expanded Universe, specifically the Thrawn trilogy and the Legacy of the Force series, which was written by Troy Denning, Aaron Allston and Karen Traviss. The series included Jaina and Jacen Solo, the twin children of Leia and Han.
There are many reasons to just dismiss these details as rumors, mainly because they draw upon old works, which producer Lawrence Kasdan said he would not be doing. But Abrams was less specific when he was asked if he would be pulling from previously written stories, so there might be some truth to these details after all.
Do you think there’s any truth to these new details? If so, what do you make of them?