Star Wars rumor roundup: stormtroopers, Han model, villains and Blu-ray redemption

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Star Wars rumors are flying like frenzied mynocks right now.

Here’s a look at some of the more significant alleged revelations.

What are they wearing?

Last week there were sketches from a reputable source of next-generation stormtroopers from Episode VII floating around the Web — now there are leaked photos purporting to be the real deal, and they’re certainly cool. If these are real, they show the design team is still definitely cleaving to the original A New Hope designs of Ralph McQuarrie.

From the same publication, Indierevolver, come two sketches allegedly leaked of Han Solo’s attire in the film.

Big bads

Latino Review claims to have the scoop (again) on the identity of Episode VII’s villains, and, if accurate, there’s a definite link between the new movie and the upcoming Star Wars Rebels animated series.

Restoring balance to the Force?

ComicBook.com claims to have knowledge of plans to release the unaltered, pre-Special Edition versions of A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. This would be tricky for Disney to arrange, as 20th Century Fox will own the distribution rights to those films and the prequels for some time — forever, in the case of the original Star Wars: Episode IV.

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  • The distribution rights aren’t a problem, Fox has always owned distribution rights, and Lucasfilm has always owned the films (except for the first one, which Lucasfilm acquired in the late 90’s). Fox has no reason to refuse to work with Disney because they’re running out of time to release Star Wars. Also, Fox only get’s the distribution cut (like they always have), so it’s not like Disney wouldn’t get a big profit. If Disney just HAD to have the distribution rights (and the distribution cut) then they can buy them from Fox. Disney could just refuse to let Fox distribute anything since Disney owns the actual movies, then Fox would have no choice but to sell since they’re making no money off of them. Also, the price for Star Wars now would be higher now rather than later since Fox owns all 6 distribution rights, so that’s another reason for Fox to be willing to sell. Honestly though, I think it’s more likely that Fox would just distribute the product like they’ve done for the past 30 years though.

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