There’s a small, and vocal, group of Star Wars fans who seem completely resistant to the idea of an Empire being a presence in Star Wars: Episode VII. These people were probably strong devotees to the EU and grew up with the idea of a thousand year old Republic/Empire suddenly disappearing overnight after the Battle of Endor.
We’ve been hearing a lot about Stormtroopers in Episode VII for a while, and now there’s a big clue given by one of the stars of the movie.
When asked about working with the Original Trilogy cast by Entertainment Weekly, Oscar Isaac said this:
Theyâ€™re such funny people. Carrie is hilarious and doing such cool work. Harrison is back. He went on hiatus for a little while, but heâ€™s 150 percent back. Itâ€™s pretty amazing to see him bounce back. He looks incredible. Everyoneâ€™s having a really good time. J.J. sets that tone. Thereâ€™s a lot of enthusiasm and itâ€™s being done with a lot of heart. Thereâ€™s nothing cynical about the way weâ€™re doing this. Even the in way heâ€™s shooting itâ€”heâ€™s shooting on film and actually building the sets, so youâ€™ve got hundreds of Stormtroopers or whatever, and hundreds of extras and all the ships. You actually see it. Itâ€™s all real. Everyone can interact with the world.
Hundreds of Stormtroopers would mean that whoever is in charge of them obviously is a force to reckon with. Whether or not its the Empire we know of, or whatever the Rebellion grew into, is yet to be seen.