Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
By Melissa Locker
November 20, 2015

Dec. 18 can’t come soon enough for fans of Star Wars eager to see what The Force Awakens has in store for that galaxy far, far away.

Beyond the official synopsis (“Han Solo and his allies face a new threat from the evil Kylo Ren and his army of Stormtroopers.”), the film’s plot has been kept under tight wraps. Here’s what we know so far:

Taking place years after the events of Return of the Jedi, evil still exists in the form of the First Order, which is basically a modern-day Galactic Empire with an even deadlier Death Star called the Starkiller. We also know that there is a character named Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega), and that Lupita Nyong’o is playing a character named Maz Kanata, and that many of the classic Star Wars actors are reprising their roles.

In the absence of confirmed plot details, fans have rushed to fill the void with theories. Many of them are based on the fact that Luke Skywalker is not pictured in any of the posters or the trailers. Other theories are pieced together from the snippets of footage, interviews with the cast and director, TV spots, posters, trailers, the Star Wars books, and any other tidbit of information that has been released so far. There is a possibility of spoilers if any of these wild hypotheses turn out to be true.

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