Main 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Villain Revealed in New Concept Art!

The metal hand seen in J.J. Abrams' latest set photo belongs to a new villain who holds ties to the Sith.

Today has been a day of Star Wars: Episode VII reveals and spoilers, with the latest coming once again from Indie Revolver. This time, we get a look at the main villain of the movie in a new piece of concept art, which also includes (what looks to be) Darth Vader's helmet. Suffice it to say, there will be Major Spoilers ahead, so continue at your own risk. First the photo, and then if you want to know more about this villain's identity, read on:

Earlier today, Latino Review and Badass Digest decided to divulge the main plot twists of Star Wars: Episode VII, revealing that the villains in the movie will actually be the Inquisitors, which are partially based on the Expanded Universe while mixed with the "hardened Sith look" of The Inquisitor from Star Wars Rebels. The character seen above in the concept art is the main villain, who does not yet have a name (that we know of).

He is described as such:

"A Sith Inquisitor: He's tall and thin and terrifyingly creepy, with glowing red eyes to match his red light saber. He's got some robotic upgrades, like Vader - but no mask. The cybernetic bits weave in and out of him. He's got a human upper lip, a steel jaw... and the robotic hand that JJ Abrams posted an image of.

Here is the picture in question, which J.J. Abrams tweeted early last week:

This character is discovered to be holding the missing Jedi Luke Skywalker captive, and his reveal leads to a flashback that explains the Inquisitors ties to the Sith. The flashback will include both Darth Vader (rumored to be played by WWE Superstar Sheamus and Princess Leia, confirmed (by reliable sources, not Disney or LucasFilm) to be played by Carrie Fisher's daughter, Billie Lourd.

What do you think of all this? And what's with the Darth Vader helmet in the concept art? Did Luke take to wearing his father's old armor? Maybe....

Star Wars: Episode VII comes to theaters December 18th, 2015 and stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, Lupita Nyong'o. The film is directed by J.J. Abrams.

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  1. Brian

    @Adrian-Cunningham George Lucas has less than 1% to do with these new movies.

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  2. Adrian Cunningham

    To Kxmode: No. That is 100% incorrect and is not going to happen at all. George Lucas made it specifically clear that there will be no EU at all in no form or fashion. The actual website does not say that at all. If they did we would all already know about it. So stop making stuff up. George is going by what he had already originally planned 37 years ago. if you're a true Star Wars fan you would already know this. George Lucas cannot screw this up because we don't know what the stories are going to be about AND it's HIS creation not ours.

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  3. Kxmode

    What Star Wars 7 - 9 is going to be about...

    ( ------- Pre-Episode 1 ------- )

    No one is quite sure how Palpatine was first introduced to the power of the dark side, or how he came to be Darth Plagueis' apprentice. He is the most powerful practitioner of the Sith ways in modern times. He studied the ancient ruins on the Sith mausoleum world of Korriban. He unlocked secrets of the Force from a captured Jedi Holocron. The dark side energies flowing through Palpatine's body were so intense, that they ravaged his mortal frame. The very source of Palpatine's strength was killing him.

    To counter the dark side's consumption, Palpatine turned to a bizarre combination of technology and Sith magic. Palpatine used Spaarti cloning cylinders to create a store of younger bodies, and employed an ancient Sith technique to transfer his consciousness into a waiting clone. Thus, Palpatine could avoid death indefinitely -- as long as his supply of clones remained intact. He would change his form again and again, prolonging his life. Palpatine constructed a secret throne-world deep within the galaxy's core, on a shadowy world called Byss. Here, he kept his clones safe, protected by a loyal cadre of Dark Side Adepts.

    ( ------- Episode 3 ------- )

    Although Palpatine called for the extermination of the Jedi and any Force-sensitives who could conceivably challenge him, he did keep a few loyal agents who were trained in the Force. Darth Vader was chief among them, as his primary lieutenant and Sith apprentice. Palpatine also had a string of loyal, deadly agents referred to as his "Hands." Mara Jade was foremost among these dedicated enforcers.

    ( ------- Episode 6 ------- )

    At the Battle of Endor, Palpatine found himself facing death yet again. Betrayed by Vader, Palpatine's body was destroyed aboard the second Death Star.

    ( ------- Episode 7 ------- )

    Separated from his clones, Palpatine was forced to survive in the maddening, bodiless existence of the void. Through sheer will he retained his identity, crossing the gulf of space to again take residence in his clone body. He barely survived Darth Vader's treachery. Palpatine remained sequestered at Byss while he rebuilt his strength, and his Empire.

    Palpatine's rule was so absolute that his apparent death at Endor fragmented the Empire. With no obvious heir, opportunistic moffs and warlords set out to carve their own private fiefdoms where they could. Years of infighting worked to the advantage of the fledgling New Republic, who proceeded to reclaim three-fourths of the galaxy. One warlord who succeeded where imitators failed was Grand Admiral Thrawn, the only non-human to hold that rank. His cunning tactics and unerring strategies brought the Empire to the brink of victory five years after the Battle of Endor. Only a last minute betrayal spelled his defeat.

    ( ------- Episode 8 ------- )

    Spurred on by Thrawn's victories, the remaining Inner Circle of Imperial warlords staged a devastating attack on Coruscant. Whereas Thrawn sought to take the capital world intact, these Imperials attacked without compunction. Much of Imperial City was laid waste by the fighting, and the New Republic was forced to evacuate. Once on the surface, the Imperials splintered yet again, and skirmishes dragged on in amongst the ruined skyscrapers.

    It was then that the resurrected Palpatine struck. Using his dark powers to invoke a Force storm of great magnitude, Palpatine swept Jedi Master Luke Skywalker to Byss. There, he revealed himself to Skywalker, and unveiled the true strength of the dark side. Faced with an immortal enemy, Skywalker did the unthinkable -- in order to defeat the dark side from within, Skywalker knelt before Palpatine, and declared himself his new apprentice. In these dark times, it seemed the Emperor had finally won.

    ( ------- Episode 9 ------- )

    Skywalker was too enmeshed in darkness to successfully rebel against his master. Although he sabotaged some of Palpatine's military ventures -- namely those involving immense war factories called World Devastators -- he still could do not draw himself from the pall of the dark side. It was only his sister, Leia Organa Solo, that gave him the extra strength he needed. With her presence, the two Skywalker twins were able to temporarily repulse Palpatine.

    Unabated, the Emperor continued his scourge. Armed with an incredible new superweapon, the Galaxy Gun, Palpatine forced numerous New Republic worlds to capitulate to Imperial rule. Despite his growing Empire, Palpatine was again growing frail. His clones were failing him. He needed new blood. Palpatine targeted Leia's newborn son, Anakin Solo, as the next receptacle for his dark spirit. During an attempt to possess the child, Han Solo shot the ailing Palpatine in the back. Before his soul could enter Anakin's body, Palpatine was intercepted by a newfound Jedi, Empatojayos Brand. Cut off from a host body, Palpatine's essence dissipated, to be consumed by the madness that is the dark side. After so many years of bloodshed, the Emperor was truly dead.

    source: April 19, 2008, Expanded Universe for Palpatine from the official Star Wars website

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  4. Sean


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  5. Deoxy

    @titanictom EaSy WiTh AlL ThE CaPs bro!

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  6. Titanictom

    Vaders Armor Was Destroyed/Burned At The End Of Jedi So You Can Stop With The Stupid Rumors!!!!

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  7. Dmu009


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  8. Sean


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  9. Josh

    I figured that's what they were using Billie Lourde for.

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