It's a big day for the Empire. First we get the possible reveal of the new Stormtrooper helmets, and now we may have learned about the new villains who will be bring grief to the galaxy. And it may be someone we've met already... Take your daily Star Wars rumor grain of salt, and remember, spoilers ahead! [UPDATED!]
According to Latino Review:
The Inquisitors are the villains of Star Wars: Episode VII and the name of the main villain in Star Wars: Rebels. They seem to be loosly based on the now-deleted Expanded Universe Inquistors mixed with the hardened Sith look of Rebels' villain. The Inquisitors are defenders of the Sith Order and they've been around for a long time. Just how long is what turns Episode VII's story on it's head.
So it appears that Rebels is 1) majorly setting up for Episode VII, and 2) super-tied into the new continuity of Disney's Star Wars universe. LR continues to say that Luke Skywalker will be missing in the beginning of the movie, because he's been captured by these Inquisitors. Most intriguingly, when he's rescued, the movie will flashback to a scene showing them serving Darth Vader, much like the Inquisitor serves the Sith in the Rebels cartoon.
Although the idea of a flashback retconning the original trilogy freaks me out more than a little, I find this a perfectly acceptable way to get Vader in Episode VII (if nothing else it's infinitely better than resurrecting him somehow). But if you'll remember, Carrie Fisher's daughter Billie Lours has been cast in an unknown role; apparently she'll be playing a much younger Princess Leia, one who meets Vader well before their encounter on the Blockade Runner in A New Hope — and that sounds very cool to me.
Thoughts? Concerns? Screaming fits?
UPDATE: Indie Revolver claims they know what Episode VII's Inquisitor will look like:
He's tall and thin and terrifyingly creepy, with glowing red eyes to match his red lightsaber. 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…