There will be a lot of rumors heading into the new “Star Wars Episode VII” movie. The latest rumors indicate that there will be brand new villains in the movie, and it will be like nothing in the original six movies. The rumors indicate that the new villains will be Jedi hunters, a group of individuals traveling the galaxy killing Jedi’s, keeping the New Republic from taking place. The actors rumored to be playing two of the hunters in the movie are Adam Driver and Oscar winning actress Lupita Nyong’o.
With the new villains possibly coming into the Star Wars universe, here is a look at the villains that have led up to this point.
The first “Star Wars” movie presented the world with one of the best villains in cinema history regardless of genre. In that first movie, Darth Vader was the muscle of the empire and was the man who helped pull the trigger on countless deaths. Over the first trilogy, Vader was the main enemy of the Rebellion fighters and he was also one of the key characters in the entire franchise, the father of Luke Skywalker and a very complicated and important villain.
The prequels took the character that proved to be important at the end of the first trilogy and made him the mastermind that brought down the Republic to begin with. The Emperor was the bad guy in “Return of the Jedi” who demanded that Luke join the Dark Side or die. In the prequels, he was more dangerous, a Senator who rises through the political ranks to become the Supreme Chancellor and then uses his power to overthrow the Republic and set up the Empire. He also ordered the massacre of all Jedi’s.
When it comes to the new Jedi hunters hinted at in “Star Wars Episode VII,” the closest similarity is in the animated Star Wars series “Star Wars Rebels.” This series takes place after “Revenge of the Sith” and has Darth Vader task a Pau’an called The Inquisitor, who is a master of the Dark Side of the Force, to hunt down and kill the Jedi warriors remaining left alive. This series debuts this year under the new Disney umbrella, so it is possible that this could provide a prequel of events that leads to the future movie universe.