Now that Episode VII is actually filming we’re starting to hear all sorts of leaks about what the movie is actually about and what specific characters may be. Despite these sorts of leaks trickling out of Pinewood studios, there are still a whole bunch of wild rumors floating around that have gone viral with far too many people thinking they are fact.
Here are five of the biggest false rumors about Episode VII and why they are bogus:
Thrawn is the Villain
For a while there it seemed like every actor with dark hair who was rumored to be cast in Episode VII was the victim of amateur photoshops coloring his skin blue and giving him red eyes. We saw this with Cumberbatch, and not long after Adam Driver was cast the photoshops of him started.
This is easily debunked by Lucasfilm themselves, but for some reason the rumor mongers just don’t want to accept the reality:
In order to give maximum creative freedom to the filmmakers and also preserve an element of surprise and discovery for the audience, Star Wars Episodes VII-IX will not tell the same story told in the post-Return of the Jedi Expanded Universe.
That’s not to say that Thrawn can’t exist somewhere else in the canon still, but as Episode VII is set 30 years after Return of the Jedi, Lucasilm is setting up the movie to be a fresh starting point for new fans. They have said, at conventions, that their intention is that someone who never saw any Star Wars movie before can go into Episode VII and enjoy it without feeling lost.