The STAR Wars Episode 7 plot, rumors: mysterious severed hand and lightsaber kicks off plot; D23 Expo may yield sneak peak

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With only four months away before the premiere of the long-awaited Episode VII, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” the cast and crew are adamant to keep plot details under wraps.

Oscar Award-winning screenwriter Michael Armandt was among the first hired to be part of the creative team back in 2012. However, he got out of the franchise before the production started. The script was then transferred to director J.J. Abrams and “Empire Strikes Back” veteran Lawrence Kasdan.

According to Birth Death Movies, rumors have it that the storyline will kick-off with Daisy Ridley and John Boyega as Finn and Rey, respectively, finding a severed hand clutching a lightsaber on a desert planet presumably the new one called Jakku. When they recognize the lightsaber belonging to a Jedi, they start a quest to bring the hand back to its owner.

When they leave their planet, they encounter Han Solo and Chewbacca piloting something that is not the iconic Millennium Falcon. They will recognize the lightsaber as Luke’s who they have not seen in 30 years after the Battle of Endor in “Return of the Jedi.” It is not known yet if the hand that fell from the sky is Luke’s human or bionic one.

The report added that while the group searches for the Jedi Master, another force on a certain ice planet is creating a destructive weapon that may have the ability to obliterate the entire solar system. Noting that there are plot similarities with “A New Hope,” in which it was the quest to return R2D2, the report notes that the resemblances may have been intentional.

All of these are still speculations but die-hard fans may soon find out more about the film in the upcoming D23 Expo at Anaheim, California on August 14 to 16.

Entertainment Weekly reports that Disney will unveil an exclusive sneak peek at the event during “Worlds, Galaxies, and Universes” panel.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens will hit theaters on December 18.