9 Insane Star Wars: The Force Awakens Rumors That Were Not at All True (And a Few That Were)

Tuesday, 05 January 2016 - 1:37PM
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Tuesday, 05 January 2016 - 1:37PM
9 Insane Star Wars: The Force Awakens Rumors That Were Not at All True (And a Few That Were)
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The Force Awakens is finally out in theaters, so the crazed fan speculation can finally come to an end. Over the past year and a half or so, there have been so many rumors, we can barely keep them straight. Some of them sound even crazier in hindsight, while others actually turned out to be true. Here are the nine craziest Star Wars theories and predictions that turned out to be completely bogus, and a few that actually came true:

Spoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens follow!

Luke is Kylo Ren

Almost all of the batshit craziest rumors about Star Wars: The Force Awakens involved Luke's absence from the promotional materials, which was, to be fair, very mysterious. But one fan theory was insane to the point of being unjustifiable, and that was Kylo Ren secretly being Luke Skywalker. This made absolutely no sense, considering that promotional materials showed Adam Driver without his helmet, and Mark Hamill was in the movie, so it wouldn't have made any sense to cast another actor. But it was fun to think about, I guess.

Luke is the Big Bad

This rumor was also crazy, but there was somehow a lot of evidence to back it up. J.J. Abrams went on record saying that he joined the project when Kathleen Kennedy posed the question, "Who is Luke Skywalker?", and some fans argued that Luke never properly finished his Jedi training, which Yoda warned him could make him susceptible to the Dark Side. It always seemed a little too depressing to be true, not to mention that Mark Hamill was seen in Jedi robes early on in production. But still, it was fun to dream, as this would have been one of the darkest, boldest character choices ever attempted in a family-friendly franchise.

Luke kills Han Solo

This would have been written off as another crazy fan theory that would never, ever happen, but there was a fairly detailed scene breakdown of this ending at one point. Han was trying to protect Kylo Ren (who did, in fact, turn out to be his son) from Luke, and Luke kills Han in a fit of rage. With his dying breath, Han begs Luke to spare his son's life, and he does, and ultimately regrets it when Kylo Ren becomes the Big Bad of the franchise. This would have been crazy and sort of awesome, but again, it's way too dark for lifelong Star Wars fans and/or children to swallow.

Finn is Han Solo's son

J.J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy dropped many hints that The Force Awakens was a family affair, so fans speculated every single combination possible. Rey was rumored to be Han and Leia's daughter, or Luke's daughter with an unknown woman (which seems to be true). Kylo Ren was speculated to be either Luke's son or Han and Leia's son (the latter of which is true). Finn was speculated to be Lando's son, which would have been stupid, because not every black character in a franchise needs to be related, or Luke's son with an unknown woman, which would have made sense. But he was also speculated to be Han Solo's son, simply because Han Solo had a romantic history with a black woman named Sana in the expanded universe. This sounds plausible at first blush, but there's absolutely no way the films would not only split Han and Leia up, but tell audiences that he had a child with another woman and then spent 25 years being a deadbeat dad so his son became a Stormtrooper. Like Luke becoming a Sith, it's too dark to be true. 

Kylo Ren is Emperor Palpatine's grandson

Considering his love for Darth Vader, Kylo Ren's actual lineage always seemed more likely, but there was a rumor that he was actually related to another supervillain of the Star Wars universe. But like most of these crazy rumors, it was based on very tenuous evidence: one 90's Star Wars book (now jettisoned from the expanded universe) that featured a relative of Palpatine's named Ken who studied under Luke's tutelage and then succumbed to the Dark Side. They may very well have taken inspiration from this plotline for Luke's exile, but Occam's Razor always told us that Kylo was Vader's grandson, not Palpatine's.

Max von Sydow is playing Boba Fett

We all know that Boba Fett probably survived the Sarlacc pit, so this wasn't completely out of the question. But ultimately, it was too good to be true, and Max von Sydow is playing Lor San Tekka, a retired adventurer on Jakku. Too bad.

Darth Vader is brought back from the dead

Some speculated that Darth Vader would be resurrected by Kylo Ren. Vader's Force ghost is still around, so it's not completely implausible, but it would have been a huge mistake, as it would have made the entire arc of the original trilogy a moot point. Luckily, this one turned out to be just as patently untrue as Jar Jar Binks returning as a Sith Lord.

And here are a few rumors that sounded crazy, but turned out to be 100% true:

Luke doesn't appear until the end of the movie

Mark Hammill was given top billing, so it seemed like a strange notion that he wouldn't show up until the end of the movie. But it was the most persistent rumor that seemed to plausibly explain his absence from the promotional materials, and turned out to be completely true. Fans even predicted that he was in self-imposed exile as a result of Kylo Ren murdering his Jedi apprentices.

Daniel Craig plays a Stormtrooper

Daniel Craig vehemently denied these rumors when they came out, but as we now know, Daniel Craig actually did play a Stormtrooper in The Force Awakens, the one with whom Rey pulled the Jedi mind trick: "You will remove these restraints and leave this cell with the door open."

Kylo Ren is Han and Leia's son

Just as many predicted, Kylo Ren is the son of Han and Leia. He and Rey are loosely based on characters from the expanded universe, Jacen and Jaina, the twin children of Han and Leia, one of whom turns to the Dark Side while the other becomes a Jedi. Rey seems to be Luke's daughter rather than Han's, but the general plotline seems to be the same.

Han Solo is killed by Kylo Ren

This rumor wasn't entirely crazy, considering that Harrison Ford has been clamoring for his character to be killed off for years. But now that we're looking back at the initial reports, the scene breakdown reported by Making Star Wars back in February was exactly what happened, beat-for-beat. We didn't know the family connection at the time, but a subset of fans knew exactly how this beloved character would be killed off months in advance. 

And a few that remain to be seen:

Rey is struggling with the Dark Side

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After the official poster for the movie came out, many speculated that Rey would be struggling between the Light and Dark side, as she was in the middle of the light and dark sides of the poster and her staff was parallel to Kylo Ren's lightsaber. Now that we've seen the film, she seems squarely on the Light Side, and will likely become a Jedi under Luke's tutelage. But you never know what will happen in future installments, especially since she had such a tragic childhood, and Kylo Ren seemed to see a kinship between the two of them that extended beyond being cousins.

Hayden Christensen's Anakin Skywalker makes a cameo

This has been debunked for The Force Awakens, of course, but concept art recently showed that Darth Vader was, in fact, supposed to show up as a Force ghost, and there have been many rumors that this will still happen in Episode VIII.

BB-8 is the bastard child of the Death Star and R2-D2

This could still happen, right?

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