Did 'Star Wars Rebels' Just Set Up An 'Episode VII' Character?

Who is Leonis?

You know that thing that movies and TV shows sometimes do when they signal to the audience that they should remember a character's name? It always sounds a little awkward, something like "Everyone remembers you, Monsieur Blah Blah." Or "I'm Blah Blah. Monsieur Blah Blah, but you can call me Dave."

Well, the new episode of "Star Wars Rebels" did that in a big obvious way with one of the Stormtrooper recruits that Ezra met while undercover.

So who is this guy?

At the very, very least, I think it's safe to say that we will be seeing more of Leonis over the course of "Star Wars Rebels." A friend inside the Stormtrooper academy is going to be indispensable to a team looking to foil all of the Empire's plans.

So in that case, the possibilities for Leonis going forward are pretty much endless, and it will be exciting going forward to see what kind of trouble he gets up to while embedded in the academy.

But as with all things "Star Wars," there's already a fan theory growing in popularity since Leonis made his big debut.

Possible "Episode VII" Spoilers Below

Anyone vaguely familiar with the rumors about "Episode VII" knows that John Boyega is supposedly playing a Stormtrooper, who breaks away from his ranks to go on an adventure with Daisy Ridley's character, possibly to find Luke Skywalker.

"Star Wars Rebels" takes place too long before "Episode VII" for Boyega's character and Leonis to be one and the same, so some fans have speculated that the character we met in the new episode could be the father of Boyega's Stormtrooper.

Now, there are obviously a few problems to this undeniably interesting theory.

The rumors is largely based on the premise that all black Stormtroopers must be related, which is both kind of racist and sadly, in keeping with Hollywood levels of diversity. Secondly, why would the son of someone who hates the Empire become a Stormtrooper? These two questions are what keep this line of thinking strictly in the fan theory realm.

Regardless of Leonis' true purpose, "Star Wars" is growing more diverse. This is an objectively good thing, and honestly, I kind of hope that he has no relation at all to Boyega's character, if the Stormtrooper rumor ends up being true. That would signal good things for the inclusiveness of the series going forward.

Though it's an interesting theory, I'm more eager to see what becomes of Leonis of "Rebels," which continues to be consistently great week to week. If you haven't checked it out already, it's a must-watch for "Star Wars" fans old and new.