Why Reports Of Yavin 4 In STAR WARS VII May Be Greatly Exaggerated

If you understood what the headline was talking about, this nerdy STAR WARS story is for you.

The internet is abuzz with word that a part of the plot of Star Wars VII may have leaked. A story from Reuters - a totally respectable news source - gives a sliver of a look at Episode VII, and the return of a famous planet from Star Wars history. 

In a fairly hit-baiting piece connecting the Mayan Apocalypse with Star Wars (George Lucas shot scenes for the Rebel base on Yavin 4 at a Mayan temple in Guatamala), Reuters says:

Yavin 4 and the rebel base return to the Star Wars plot in the forthcoming Episode VII, announced in October by the Walt Disney Co, in which Skywalker comes back to the planet to build a Jedi Knight academy. However, fans said that Disney will likely film those scenes in a studio rather than return to Tikal.

Hey, everybody likes Yavin 4! It was where the Rebels launched their assault on the Death Star. It's got history. It would be cool to go back. Jungles are fun. But that quote raises all kinds of alarms. First of all, the only source mentioned in the quote is... fans. Uh oh. Fans have no idea where anything will film. 

Most troubling, though, is that the plot point - Luke returns to Yavin 4 to create a Jedi academy - has already been used in the Expanded Universe books. The Jedi Praxeum, as it's called, is a staple in many novels, games and comics. There's even a whole huge Expanded Universe backstory to the temple, which was a Sith Temple created by Naga Shadow after The Great Hyperspace War. I am making none of that up!

Anyway, the fact that the Yavin 4 temple is an accepted part of EU canon, and that the article seems to be sourced only with fans, it seems likely that the Reuter reporter either a) took a fan at face value when they said the Jedi Academy would show up or b) didn't understand what EU was and assumed it was all canon. Which it quite definitely is not.

So while we might get a return to Yavin 4, I wouldn't put any money on it. 

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