We don't know a whole heck of a lot about the new Star Wars trilogy that is being led by J.J. Abrams. Only things we really know is that the film will be set 30 years after Return of the Jedi and will feature some of your favorite characters from the original trilogy. We've heard lots and lots of rumors pertaining to the new trilogy and today we have some regarding the villains in the film. These new rumors come to us from the site, MakingStarWars, via slashfilm.com.
Their sources have heard Star Wars: Episode VII villains being reffered to as “Jedi Hunters” by crew members working on the film at Pinewood. These villains are "dressed in black, some helmeted, that hunt Jedi for the Empire." When more details were given MakingStarWars realized these "Jedi Hunters" sounded quite a bit like the Inquisitor (Empire's Jedi Hunter) from the new animated series, Star Wars Rebels, which is set five years before the original trilogy. Their sources weren't familiar with that character, but once it was explained to them they agreed over the similarities.
Sounds like we can expect some great lightsaber duels as "these hunters use lightsabers." Another source added that "they had the impression the Jedi were fighting this group for a very long time."
They also claim that David Oyelowo, who portrayed the head of the biotechnology company Gen-Sys in Rise of the Planet of the Apes, will be "voicing one of the three villains in the film." That's the first time we've heard of that rumor as in the past Jedi News also made that claim.
Another source says Lupita Nyong’o, Adam Driver, and David Oyelowo are making up the cast of villains in the film and they’re “Jedi Hunters.” They also said Lupita might wear “yellow contact lenses” in the film as she was seen trying them out and walking around with them some time ago to try them out. The villains are said to be characterized by black and chrome with troopers in similar black and chrome uniforms. They’re very imperial, but very new. My sense is these guys are like General Grievous’ Magna Guards from Revenge of the Sith (my analogy not from a source).
Supposedly the “Jedi Hunters” or Inquisitors (from the sound of things) are the reason there is no New Republic after Return of the Jedi. That’s right, they’re saying there is no New Republic. Source #2 claims to have been on set for a sequence in which we learn the Jedi Hunters worship the Sith and want to resurrect them. Their mandate was to protect the Sith at all costs and insure their survival.
This source also believes Luke Skywalker has been fighting to stop this for the last thirty years of his life, but he is outnumbered, tired, and in need of help. The bad guys have a goal: The resurrection of the Sith and it “sounds like it happens in the next film” meaning Episode VIII and “I guess they kill him (said resurrected Sith) in IX.” - MakingStarWars
Star Wars: Episode VII - Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, David Oyelowow, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Lupita Nyong'o and Gwendoline Christie will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film. It's being directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, and John Williams returns as the composer. The movie opens worldwide on December 18, 2015.
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