J.J. Abrams took to the stage yesterday to fill us in on a question many had after watching the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer which was, “Who are these people?”
J.J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy came together yesterday to show the world the names of the characters in the teaser, while also paying homage to a huge part of the orignial Star Wars, trading cards. Let’s go through the characters as they were shown in the trailer and not numerically. More on that after names.
John Boyega is Finn the
human Stormtrooper that stirred up a bit of controversy which stills baffles me and made me check what year it was. The first character shown in this new age of Star Wars does bring many questions up: Is he an actual Stormtrooper? Why does he look so scared? Has he found anything combing the dessert?
No longer do we have to call this little machine “ball-droid” as the official title has been announced as BB-8. Will this little droid take hold of our hearts like R2-D2? Only time will tell.
Daisy Ridley’s character is Rey. With her oversized speeder Rey speeds off in the trailer, hopefully going to Tosche Station to pick up a few power converters.
Oscar Isaac speeds over the water in his X-Wing as Poe Dameron. Wearing the emblem of The Rebel Alliance we have to wonder if the have dropped the “rebel” from the name. Part of me hopes that this is a time of peace and he is about to do a fly over at a sporting event like the Blue Angels, but, you know, with X-Wings.
And finally, the person with cross-guard lightsaber is Kylo Ren. During the announcement an actor was not attached to Kylo Ren. Andy Serkis’ voice was heard during the trailer so maybe that is a nod to him behind the dark hood and robe.
You may have noticed that each of these cards also has a number. J.J. Abrams was asked if there is significance to the numbering and he simply replied, “Yes.” Let the speculation begin as to what those could possibly mean, which will be difficult seeing as the Extended Universe has been thrown out the window so there is very little to go on.
Let us watch The Force Awakens trailer once more wishing that is was already December 18th and we could all be in the theater watching the full film.