Rumor: Badass Digest‘s Devin Faraci has even more on what he’s heard about Episode VII, namely why he believes that Gwendoline Christie’s role was gender-swapped – and may actually be the same role that Benedict Cumberbatch was in talks (or ‘in talks’) for.
This isn’t the first time I’ve heard that Christie’s character was gender-swapped, and I’m still not convinced it was due to the casting uproar, or if it was Geena Davis or something else in play. But if there’s any nugget of truth in this, I’m glad – in part because I am so, so sick of hearing about Cumberbatch.
Earlier, on Twitter, Faraci clarified that what he revealed the other day was only the beginning of the film, but “the basic premise/set-up” and “ending at the equivalent of Luke and Ben coming to Mos Eisley.”
Rumor: Is this the plot of Episode VII?
Devin Faraci at Badass Digest claims to know the plot of the film. He keeps some details vague, but there is a basic outline that mirrors A New Hope in a few ways.
It does fit in with a few things we’ve heard, like the involvement of Han Solo in a search for Luke Skywalker, and at least one thing we know: Daisy Ridley and John Boyega on a desert planet. But it also raises a few, let’s say sciencey, questions.
Is it plausible? In a galaxy where we have things like sound in space, sure. I guess. Could it be true? No idea. As always, I’m skeptical, but it’s an interesting nugget to hold onto regardless, even if we end up laughing about it in the future.
That and we’re occasionally yelling about how the cast should be more diverse. And I support that yelling, because that yelling made a difference and I have no personal investment in making JJ Abrams feel good. I’ve seen a lot of pieces start with “outrage about a lack of female characters in the new Star Wars might have been premature,” and that’s just false. The outrage is what got us more women in Star Wars. I don’t know what joy anyone is getting out of saying “I told you so” to people who had a valid concern. I understand being annoyed by the outrage internet, but we’re talking about Disney and Star Wars, there needs to be a significant and noticeable reaction to get them to do anything. We need a lot of voices to yell loud enough so they can hear us in the money tower.
Chong can be seen in 24: Live Another Day. Genre fans may recall her in a pivotal 2011 episode of Doctor Who, though: She played Lorna Bucket in ‘A Good Man Goes to War.’