Rumor: Mandalorians & The Nightsisters to Feature in STAR WARS: EPISODE VII?
By Eric Diaz on June 24, 2014
The good folks at Latino Review have dropped anotherStar Wars scoop on us, and this one has nothing to do with poor old Harrison Ford or his broken leg. Instead, they revealed some information about just who the good guys will be facing in Episode VII, and both of these reveals should make long time Star Wars fans very happy.
The first rumor has to do with the mercenaries that are said to be causing trouble for our heroes, who are said to be none other than the Mandalorians. Hardcore Star Wars fans know that both Boba Fett and his father Jango Fett used Mandalorian armor, but weren’t Mandalorians themselves. In various novels and comics, the Mandalorians are described as being a lethal tribe of warriors who eventually became the best bounty hunters in the galaxy. The Clone Wars animated series, however, has a somewhat different take on the Mandalorians, as they are a militant offshoot of the now peaceful world of Mandalore, who called themselves “The Deathwatch”.
While the whole “Expanded Universe” of Star Wars is no longer canon, according to Lucasfilm, The Clone Wars animated series is, so whatever version of the Mandalorians we see in Episode VII is going to have to line up with that. Which should be fine, because the Mandalorian Deathwatch as presented on that series were very bad ass. Reports from set that Latino Review have received claim to have seen some black and silver/chrome troopers. Are these Mandalorians or new Imperial Stormtroopers? Time will tell.
The other hot rumor posted has to do with what they are referring to as “Sith Witches.” While there aren’t any “Sith” witches per se in Star Wars, there are the Witches of Dathomir, who use spells and rituals to harness the Dark Side of the Force. While this concept was introduced in the Expanded Universe novels, again, Mother Talzin and the Nightsisters were used extensively on The Clone Wars animated show, which makes them an official part of Star Wars canon now. There are lots of rumors that Lupita Nyong’o is playing a villain, some even suggesting she is playing Nightsister Asajj Ventress, but I doubt she is going to be an already established character. Playing an all new Nightsister seems a distinct possibility though.
So what do you think of these latest Star Wars rumors and developments? Chime in on the comments below.