Update: Mr_Ghostface_Lives has just replied to our private message from two weeks ago. This is appended at the end.
A couple of weeks ago, we reported on an IMDB user called Mr_Ghostface_Lives who sensationally claimed that:
- Luke is not Rey’s father
- Leia gets written out early on, and only survives after using the Force
Today, Mr_Ghostface_Lives posted this on the Episode VII and Episode VIII message boards:
For whatever reasons, I made up the rumours I posted recently. I’m not employed by any entity related to Star Wars, I have no access to any tangible material to back up my theories and everything I’ve posted about the new films was pure guesswork.
Two hours ago, he followed up with an additional post:
I’ve never been fortunate enough to be near a Star Wars movie set, but I’m pretty intuitive when it comes to story and production and this isn’t the first time I’ve ruffled a few feathers by guessing correctly.
It’s not worth the hassle, so I’m going to just quit the prediction game and wait for the movie.
Mr_Ghostface_Lives made a name for himself during the run-up to The Force Awakens. He was able to get a number of locations right, such as “desert planet”, a “Hoth-type environment” and other assertions that sounded credible.
However, he also had some crucial misses, like his assertion that Finn is Lando’s son. His leak history is chronicled here.
When a fellow IMDB user brought up the Lando claims last week, Mr_Ghostface_Lives countered by saying that:
I said Finn was Lando’s son? I certainly don’t recall that, as I never heard that as anything but a rumour. Indeed I was not lying about the sets at Pinewood, and I’m not lying about Leia using the Force and then pretty much disappearing from the story. I could say how she uses it etc but I don’t want to give such specific spoilers. I’d much rather fuel people’s anticipation.
When confronted with his exact posts, however, he weakly claimed he was “drunk on wine” and was just having mischievous fun.
What Mr_Ghostface_Lives didn’t count on, however, was the publicity. When news of his “leak” gained traction on the web, he was forced to backtrack from his previous statement about Rey’s parentage:
I just realised that there may be some misinterpretation of the material I read – remember I read it out of context and in pieces.
The Leia using the Force stuff is 100% on the money, and I’m confident that will make the final cut, but the parentage of Rey… I just realised that it’s possible she may yet be Luke’s daughter, but he isn’t aware of it. There is no family “reunion” in the first half of the script and he doesn’t know her, but I just realised the possibility that he either didn’t know he’d fathered anyone, or didn’t know she’d survived some past incident. So, maybe there is a revelation later that I haven’t seen.
Currently, his posts regarding Episode VIII have already been deleted.
Update: We reached out to Mr_Ghostface_Lives back in June 10 when his post wasn’t viral yet. Today he finally replied:
I appreciate your message but I can’t discuss this any further, I’ve been warned and I realise it was stupid to have posted anything. Regardless of the truth or otherwise of anything I may have said, I must retract everything I’ve posted. I have no access to any material regarding the new films, it was pure guesswork.
I wish you well.