Following the major spoiler involving a death in The Force Awakens comes another detailing how the film begins.
Obviously this isn’t as huge a spoiler as how a major character dies, but those who want to be completely surprised on December 18th probably won’t want to read this.
MakingStarWars has detailed the opening sequence:
The film does open with a lightsaber in space. It falls to the ground in a savannah environment during the day. It is quickly discovered by a farmer named Naka. Naka accidentally ignites the weapon and starts a fire with it. At first he runs, but then turns around and obtains the weapon. I assume he snatches the weapon so it is not destroyed in the fire. Naka then takes the weapon to his elder called The Vicar.
The Vicar is most likely played by Max von Sydow. It is most likely a code name too. Chances are they didnâ€™t need to name the character during filming so they just went with the title The Vicar which means leader or superior. Anyways, the Vicar appears to contact the Rebels and this brings Poe Dameron to the planet.
Later that night, Poe Dameron arrives and retrieves the lightsaber from The Vicar. The only problem? Theyâ€™ve brought the Empire there as well (not sure if the Empire followed Poe or intercepted the initially transmission he received). Poe sees Stormtroopers are coming and he places the laser sword safely in a little droid: BB-8. The droid flees and the heroic Poe Dameron prepares to fight!
Concurrently, a young Stormtrooper named Finn enters a situation that will drastically change his life forever. When his best friend dies in battle and he allows a few innocent villagers to escape, Kylo Ren orders him arrested and the village burned to the ground. Because Finn just isnâ€™t naturally evil enough, he finds himself in the brig of a Star Destroyer with a Rebel pilot. Finn never learned to fly. Finn has the knowledge how to get out of the brig and Poe is their best chance to fly out of there. They hatch a plan to steal a TIE Fighter and make a run for it.
That confirms some earlier rumors, and ties things together pretty nicely. From there the seventh Star Wars movie begins, and trust me when I say the franchise is in very good hands. Don’t be surprised if more details about the plot of Episode VII starts to leak out soon…