Report: Star Wars: Episode VII Villains to be Known as "Jedi Hunters"

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Report: Star Wars: Episode VII Villains to be Known as "Jedi Hunters"

Star Wars: Episode VII baddies are allegedly called "Jedi Hunters," dressed in black and hunt Jedi for the Empire.

With filming underway for Star Wars: Episode VII, for a 2015 release, the rumor mill is understandably going into hyperspace for every bit of leaked story details and if the sources from Making Star Wars are to be believed, we might know the film's villains. Before you read on, the site makes it clear that while its sources are "people in various departments" at Pinewood Studios, none of them have actually read the script. The rumors reported on now is "amongst the people around Pinewood, some on Star Wars VII and some in the vicinity," and that "each of these sources have proven themselves to be related to the production in ways" the site won't divulge. With that in mind, some of the details outed could be considered spoiler-ish in nature, so bear that in mind before reading on. Now that we have that out of the way, the new villains in Star Wars: Episode VII are being called "Jedi Hunters" and they are "scary individuals, dressed in black, some helmeted" that are hunting Jedi for the Empire.

The Jedi Hunters' physical appearance are said to be characterized by "black and chrome with troopers in similar black and chrome uniforms," which are said to be "very imperial, but very new." Allegedly, these new threats are the reason why there is no New Republic after Return of the Jedi. Another source claims to have been on set for a sequence wherein we learn that the Jedi Hunters worship the Sith and want to resurrect them, with their mandate to "protect the Sith at all costs and insure their survival."

The same source divulges that Luke Skywalker has been fighting to stop the resurrection for the last 30 years of his life, but that "he is outnumbered, tired and in need of help." Allegedly, the villains' goal of resurrecting the Sith "sounds like it happens in the next film," which obviously points to Star Wars: Episode VIII.

Lastly, the trio of Jedi Hunters appearing on film are said to be played by Lupita Nyong'o, Adam Driver, and David Oyelowo, with a third source "adamant" that Oyelowo is voicing one of the trio.

While some of the details could be true, it's understandable for people to be suspicious. To that end, the site has posted as a disclaimer of sorts to let people know that this could either be accurate or inaccurate.

I just want to let everyone know this information is what we are hearing. It might be incorrect. We can't say for sure. We don't have that kind of access. This is simply what we are hearing from people that have proven to us that are from Pinewood. I don't want anyone to get their hopes up or down for that matter. But let it be known, this is what we are heard in the last two weeks and it could be accurate or inaccurate.

This is certainly a lot to take in and if it pans out, could see Star Wars fans looking at a new threat. I do admit, though, if these new villains can hunt down Jedi, does that mean they're on the same level as the Sith? That's just one of the questions racing in my mind right now but certainly won't be the last.

How do you feel about these rumors and are you hoping they come true or would you rather have the Sith once again be the main bad guys?

Source: Making Star Wars

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Jedi hunters? Chrome? Very Imperial?

You mean a Dark Trooper? They will finally be put into actual canon?

http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Dark_Trooper

And I am also very sure the Sith is dead. No way they can bring them back. Not counting the twist in the extended universe that the sith were the good guys enacting revenge for a genocide the Jedi committed a million years ago.

Where somehow technology doesn't change over those million years. But that's retconned so its irrelevant. The sith might be everywhere now.

As you can probably tell, I don't have a lot of faith for these movies. I guess digging a dead cash cow up to milk more money is better than birthing a new one.

Ultratwinkie:
Jedi hunters? Chrome? Very Imperial?

You mean a Dark Trooper? They will finally be put into actual canon?

http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Dark_Trooper

And I am also very sure the Sith is dead. Not counting the twist in the extended universe that the sith were the good guys enacting revenge for a genocide the Jedi committed a million years ago.

Where somehow technology doesn't change over those million years. But that's retconned so its irrelevant.

As you can probably tell, I don't have a lot of faith for these movies. I guess digging a dead cash cow up to milk more money is better than birthing a new one.

I was thinking more Shadow Trooper than Dark Trooper: http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Shadowtrooper Not like there's a huge diffence though...

Aaaaanyways. I just hope they don't fuck it up. That's all I'm asking for now.

Oh good, more Jedi action, we don't get enough of that.

I remember jedi hunters from knights of the old republic 2. Imagine if they found a way to bring Kreya into this

I quite like this news, it hopefully means that 1 the sith won't be the villains again, and 2 that the empire is still alive and kicking, considering how one of my biggest problems with return of the jedi is that the empire is not actually defeated, this makes me a bit more excited about the film.

Ultratwinkie:

And I am also very sure the Sith is dead. No way they can bring them back. Not counting the twist in the extended universe that the sith were the good guys enacting revenge for a genocide the Jedi committed a million years ago.

Say whaaaa? What's the story behind this? I guess the Sith in that story were twisted into those power driven loonies that the modern Sith are and back in the day were all daisies and rainbows, until a Jedi came and kicked their dog?

Shinkicker444:

Ultratwinkie:

And I am also very sure the Sith is dead. No way they can bring them back. Not counting the twist in the extended universe that the sith were the good guys enacting revenge for a genocide the Jedi committed a million years ago.

Say whaaaa? What's the story behind this? I guess the Sith in that story were twisted into those power driven loonies that the modern Sith are and back in the day were all daisies and rainbows, until a Jedi came and kicked their dog?

The big thing in Star Wars was that everything came in cycles.

Sith get killed by Jedi. Jedi get killed by sith. A never ending circle of killing and domination.

This was the sith's cycle, after they took over from the Jedi's cycle. So the extermination of Jedi was a way for the Sith to remain in power forever.

This was a 1+ million year old sith plot to break the cycle forever.

Now that disney broke the circle, this no longer makes sense. The cycle was meant to be so long that no human would live long enough to see 2 cycles.

Its in the expanded universe, which is planned to be retconned and axed. They have to, since Chewie is died after the original movies in the Vector Prime book. A book written to be what happened afteer the original movies.

Basically, it was a big thing that the games, books, and movies were all canon. Now its just the movies. Which under cuts explanations like how Jango Fett was selected to be the clone template.

Its explained here:
http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2010/03/genocide-and-jedi-why-the-sith-may-be-right-in-old-republic/

Dendio:
I remember jedi hunters from knights of the old republic 2. Imagine if they found a way to bring Kreya into this

Part of me says "ALL MY YES!" to that, then the rest of me remembers this is J.J Abrams making this, and while i dont think hes bad I dont trust him to handle anything from KotOR II.

After they discard all external canon it'll be really odd if this one opens with the empire still in charge. If you just watch the movies, the Empire appears to be gone at the end of the Return of the Jedi. The Emperor's dead, the Death Star went kaboom, and we haven't really seen enough other worlds to believe that the empire is a massive sweeping group that will need serious rooting out.

I know in the (Now non-Canon) EU there's plenty of explanation, but to the casual movie-viewer it'll be really weird if we go from Movie 6, with a dead empire, to a few decades later in Movie 7 where the Empire is back and status quo has returned.

Uhm...why would anyone want insane planet blowing up pseudo-nazi's back in power?
The same people who exterminate whole populations out of their own sadistic desires?

I mean I can get wanting to get power from it but...ugh.

Honestly bringing the Sith back people? STUPID!
AH well lets wait for the movie.

This is dumb as hell.

Why would Jedi hunters be the reason there is no New Republic? Non-space wizards can form governments too. Why does everything have to be centered on the Jedi? How about Rogue Squadron? Or Wraith Squadron? Just show a struggling and fragile New Republic trying to get support from more star systems while fending off a post-Endor Empire and rogue Imperial warlords.

Ultratwinkie:

Shinkicker444:

Ultratwinkie:

And I am also very sure the Sith is dead. No way they can bring them back. Not counting the twist in the extended universe that the sith were the good guys enacting revenge for a genocide the Jedi committed a million years ago.

Say whaaaa? What's the story behind this? I guess the Sith in that story were twisted into those power driven loonies that the modern Sith are and back in the day were all daisies and rainbows, until a Jedi came and kicked their dog?

The big thing in Star Wars was that everything came in cycles.

Sith get killed by Jedi. Jedi get killed by sith. A never ending circle of killing and domination.

This was the sith's cycle, after they took over from the Jedi's cycle. So the extermination of Jedi was a way for the Sith to remain in power forever.

This was a 1+ million year old sith plot to break the cycle forever.

Now that disney broke the circle, this no longer makes sense. The cycle was meant to be so long that no human would live long enough to see 2 cycles.

Its in the expanded universe, which is planned to be retconned and axed. They have to, since Chewie is died after the original movies in the Vector Prime book. A book written to be what happened afteer the original movies.

Basically, it was a big thing that the games, books, and movies were all canon. Now its just the movies. Which under cuts explanations like how Jango Fett was selected to be the clone template.

Its explained here:
http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2010/03/genocide-and-jedi-why-the-sith-may-be-right-in-old-republic/

Knew there was a reason I went Imperial in SWTOR, always agree with Malgus' motives.

Makes sense really. Jedi Hunters are the primary big bad that needs dealing with, and the Sith hang around in the background. That means that the Jedi Hunters can get ganked in the climax of the first movie and we've still got the Sith to hang around being dicks for another two films. They're basically Darth Maul all over again.

Ultratwinkie:

Its in the expanded universe, which is planned to be retconned and axed. They have to, since Chewie is died after the original movies in the Vector Prime book. A book written to be what happened afteer the original movies.

There may be plenty of reasons why they'd ditch the EU, but that is pretty irrelevant in the grand scheme of things. Sure, wanting to have the Wookiee may be a factor, but there's still decades of lore between that particular event and the original movies.

Really, if they were interested in the EU at all and were absolutely insistent on the walking carpet being around, selecting material from time periods where Chewbacca was still alive would hardly be an issue, lots to choose from.

The reality is simply that they do not care about the EU, little to do with who's dead and who's not, more to do with the frequently voiced (not that I agree with it) opinion that the EU is a mess and they don't want to bother with it.

Ehh I don't really like the sound of that but if they give the Hunters proper characterization it might be decent.

However its Abrams so I doubt it.

Also the hero of the Alliance has been fighting Jedi Hunters for 30 years and he's 'outnumbered, tired and in need of help' yet somehow nobody in the Alliance gives a fuck?

More ehhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

So the sequel to a series that has gotten explosive praise and a strongly devoted fanbase is now featuring villains who seek to destroy those with their series-defining supernatural powers?
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I've got a bad feeling about J.J. Abrams' originality...

Resurrect the sith? Okay Im not even sure anymore what sith actually means with all the canon/non canon. But being sith is a belief is it not? There were many different sith in history. The closest thing that this could relate to is somehow dismantling the spirit bomb thingie from the first darth bane book. They are technically not dead (they can't become one with the force).

Still Im not sure as to who this is referring. Also: a new republic can't be formed because of empirial forces. The emperor and his death star might be destroyed. There are still a butload of star destroyers/ storm troopers and what have you out there. This is adressed in the books but again: non canon. And 30years? Hasn't luke been training new jedi then? If this plot turns out to make zero sense I will be pissed. Still, therr is very little information and it could all be false. Time will tell.

If true ( and big if right now ) a couple things. One: it now makes sense why they destroyed the EU after ROTJ, this time line could never exist with EU.

Empire still in charge, possible because the power structure wasn't destroy just the fleet and Death Star were. Some Moff or another Admiral could have taken over rallied the troops to beat back the victory ... ie blood bath.

These Jedi Hunter also possible the Empire would want to have a elite team to make sure Darth Vader and the Emperor are the only ones around. Luke and Leia were protect because Leia's adopted father and Luke was out in the middle of nowhere. If someone popped up the Emperor would send these guys out to take them out, this way Vader can't co-op them to his side and threaten the Emperor's own power. Even if there are no Sith now, they could be waiting for their own 'Skywalker' to appear and 'save' them.

So ... does this mean there will be NO Solo kids??? Sweet! I didn't like Jaina or Jacen in EU, I know there is no way JJ could do anything to make them better, he could only make them worst ... somehow.

And lastly, if true ... Mr. Ford's injury in this kind of plot is a major deal. 8 weeks when your character is suppose to be on the run is a lot different then if he could be re-written to cover the injury. They can't just have him sitting in a Med center on Imperial City now can they?

But who are the Jedi being hunted? I mean they are kind of super rare after, you know, Return of the Jedi.
The Jedi hunters must be bored with their lack of preys.

After thirty years of trying to kill Luke, they must be freaking frustrate as a one legged man at a butt kicking contest.

HK-47 says it best: "If I see one more idiot attacking a Jedi with a blaster, I'll do you a favor and kill them myself!"

SPOOONYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

http://spoonyexperiment.com/counter-monkey/counter-monkey-the-jedi-hunter/

I think my answer is sphisticated ;D
Enjoy

Weren't the Mandalorians the original "jedi hunters"? Whatever... it's really stupid to pull out any kind of "jedi hunter" without first bringing back more jedi. Maybe with a praxium of some sort. Oh, that's right, we've gotten rid of all of the stories that kept Star Wars alive in the geek fandoms for so long.

Also stupid: "Jedi hunters" working towards the goal of resurrecting the sith.

For F$!# sake, seriously? Not only is that one of the most unimaginative possible story lines but it ensures absolute focus on the jedi. We're throwing out the eu for this?

Yo Fiddy, where mah Thrawn at?

If they allow JJ to be anywhere near the marketing department I will not believe there will be any Jedi, hunters, or Jedi Hunters in that movie. I will believe they are in his Mystery Box, though.

The Jedi Hunters' physical appearance are said to be characterized by "black and chrome with troopers in similar black and chrome uniforms," which are said to be "very imperial, but very new."

so basically darktroopers/shadowtroopers. Glad some EU elements are being used.

Allegedly, these new threats are the reason why there is no New Republic after Return of the Jedi.

So because a small group of people are hunting Luke and Leia (the only Force-sensitives in the entire Rebellion according to the movies, and even then it's iffy for Leia; also see two quotes below) the whole Rebellion has just sat around on their hands for 30 years!?

Another source claims to have been on set for a sequence wherein we learn that the Jedi Hunters worship the Sith and want to resurrect them, with their mandate to "protect the Sith at all costs and insure their survival."

And what does this even mean? Sith is a belief system, which means any Force-sensitive could become a Sith(I'm working off Vader's admittance from Episode 3). Are they getting Force-users and training them with Sith holocrons and Luke has been forced to assassinate them, thus turning it into a grey-and grey conflict? Are the "Jedi Hunters"(emperor's bones, what a generic term) meddling with powers they can't comprehend and trying to finish a dark side necromantic ritual? Are they untrained Force-sensitives(and basically a proto-Inquisitorus)? And why do they worship the dead, genocidal sadists? So many questions arise from this point and they all lead somewhere stupid.

The same source divulges that Luke Skywalker has been fighting to stop the resurrection for the last 30 years of his life, but that "he is outnumbered, tired and in need of help."

Yeah, when you're the sole opposition to a galaxy-spanning group it's easy to get overwhelmed. I'm guessing we didn't have time to train a few padawans between leads, Luke? Yes, that's an assumption, but with all this leaked I'm sure the fact Luke had some apprentices would have been leaked as well.

I didn't have much faith in the new movies when Disney attached Abrams to 'em and, if this all turns out to be true, that will fade to almost nothing (hey, it may still turn out ok. But I really doubt it). Out of all the plots they could have gone with, this has to have been one of the worst.

iseko:
Resurrect the sith? Okay Im not even sure anymore what sith actually means with all the canon/non canon. But being sith is a belief is it not? There were many different sith in history. The closest thing that this could relate to is somehow dismantling the spirit bomb thingie from the first darth bane book. They are technically not dead (they can't become one with the force).

I've just seen the movies and have never any idea what the Sith were.
So I always assumed they were just evil Force-users, and that as long as the Jedi were around, they could turn Sith?
Or do you need some special training? Anakin didn't seem to need anything like that.

But I was always confused by that stuff anyway, or the stuff in the prequels anyway.

"At last we will reveal ourselves to the Jedi. At last we will have our revenge."

Maybe now Maul, maybe now.

Lieju:

iseko:
Resurrect the sith? Okay Im not even sure anymore what sith actually means with all the canon/non canon. But being sith is a belief is it not? There were many different sith in history. The closest thing that this could relate to is somehow dismantling the spirit bomb thingie from the first darth bane book. They are technically not dead (they can't become one with the force).

I've just seen the movies and have never any idea what the Sith were.
So I always assumed they were just evil Force-users, and that as long as the Jedi were around, they could turn Sith?
Or do you need some special training? Anakin didn't seem to need anything like that.

But I was always confused by that stuff anyway, or the stuff in the prequels anyway.

It is...complicated. Or at least it used to be complicated. Allow me to drag you into a universe that, according to Disney, no longer exists:

The Sith were originally an actual species. They weren't evil in any way. However, some corrupted (read: bad) Force users found them and the Sith thought they were gods because of their power with the Force. Thus, the Sith started worshiping them. The Force users eventually took the name Sith for themselves, and the original Sith died out eons ago.
Fast forward several eons later, and current times no one really remembers the actual Sith. The term has now become a title, not the name of a race. There's a bunch of different ways to become Sith, but it really boils down to whether a previous Sith Lord grants you the title. It's no different than getting the title of Jedi Master. It requires training, studying, and acknowledgement of your peers. Or in the Sith's case, peer, since there are only supposed to be two at a time. Another rule that eventually the Sith decide to get rid off from time to time to help their cause.

Anyway, onto my thoughts on the article. LET THE INNER FANBOY RAGING BEGIN!!!!

You can't resurrect the Sith. The Sith, as they are known now, are an idea and an ideal. There's nothing to resurrect, because as V stated, "Ideas are bulletproof." You want to resurrect the Sith? Finding their teachings and study them. Done.
And if there is no New Republic, who exactly are these Jedi Hunters hunting? Luke is literally the last Jedi left--no, Leia doesn't count because she's not gone through her training as far as we know. Am I supposed to believe that Luke has managed to train new Jedi with the Empire still strong enough to stop the Rebels from forming a government AND he's being hunted constantly? I know the kid is good, but he's not that good. Even in the books he had help.
So many things wrong with this leaked info in terms of Star Wars lore. Yes, I know Disney said none of that stuff matters anymore, but it's really hard to throw away all of those years of my life just because Disney said so. And then, to see them drawing on some of the stuff and in doing so creating huge plot holes just...ugh...

Sigh. I feel this is going to be my response to nearly all of the new Star Wars stuff. I'm sorry...

Dendio:
I remember jedi hunters from knights of the old republic 2. Imagine if they found a way to bring Kreya into this

Of the 3 in the Sith Triumvirate, she would be the second most likely. Darth Sion's whole thing was him relying on the force through hate and fear of death, but he got over that. But Kreia never really cared about power, like most Sith, she just wanted to neuter the force in the end.

Nihlius however, is my choice for inclusion for several reasons: in the context of the Star Wars universe, he probably has the most destructive potential of anyone, he is basically the living (and I use that term loosely) embodiment of death, and is a walking metaphor for how the hunger for power is all consuming (something that the Star Wars movies have done a bit with in the past). But probably, my biggest argument for inclusion would be that it would still make sense in the context of KotOR 2. While the other Sith Lords more or less got over their issues (after you beat them up) he just disappears, his soul (from what I understand) actually just bonds itself to his mask, which itself was never destroyed.

Imagine, at some point in the movie, the Sith find the mask, get possessed and the Lord of Hunger descends on the galaxy to consume all life.

Okay, on looking at this post, I realized I am putting to much thought into this. I need to just calm down and let my inner nerd rest.

Hmm, an interesting development. Just ... Let's try something different from lightsabers, yeah? Maybe, lightshields?

There's already an episode VII, it's called Heir to the Empire, and it's got the best Star Wars villain ever in it. Unless the movie ends up being an adaptation of that book, I'll pass.

Isn't this more or less what bounty hunters already did?

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