Rumor of the Day: Is this the plot for Gareth Edwards' Star Wars spin-off?

Up until today, the precise plot of Gareth Edwards' spinoff Star Wars flick has been shrouded in ultimate secrecy.  Now comes some spoilery goodness from the folks at Slash Film regarding the actual story for the first standalone film set for 2016, to be directed by Edwards and written by Gary Whitta.  Danger: Possibly spoiler-infested waters ahead ...

According to their sources, the first spinoff will center around one of the most pivotal events in the Star Wars universe: the stealing of the technical readouts for the original Death Star in Episode IV: A New Hope.   The prequel tale will apparently follow a group of bounty hunters hired by the Rebel Alliance to pull off "the ultimate heist in a galaxy far, far away." Another rumor associated with this leak is that the Millennium Falcon is somehow involved in this suicide mission, but Han Solo is not.  Huh?  These sources also confirmed that the main character in this spinoff will be the younger version of a prominent character that will be seen in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which may or may not relate to why Disney and Lucasfilm are reluctant to comment on these interesting details.  

Is the Max Von Sydow role this secret aged adventurer who snagged those precious plans long ago?   Will Han Solo use an alias to disguise his smuggler's past?  Is Boba Fett part of this ragtag roundup of bounty hunters?  Those are all mysteries yet to be mined, but these rumors seem to have some gravity within the overall scope of the saga.  Looking back at the opening crawl for A New Hope, this epic espionage event is specifically mentioned:

“It is a period of civil war. Rebel spaceships, striking from a hidden base, have won their first victory against the evil Galactic Empire. During the battle, Rebel spies managed to steal secret plans to the Empire’s ultimate weapon, the DEATH STAR, an armored space station with enough power to destroy an entire planet.” 

So, do you believe there's any truth to the rumors?  These intriguing details on Gareth Edwards' Star Wars film seem plausible but could also be the fanciful wishes of some avid fans.  Do you think this heist to steal the Death Star plans would make an entertaining addition to the Star Wars legacy?

(Via Geek Tyrant)

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