Star Wars Character Names Revealed!

12/11/2014 Stephen Colbert 0 Comments


The steady beat of the Disney marketing drum is slowly starting up for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.  It's been over 2 years now since we first learned that Disney had purchased Lucasfilm.  It took another year and a half of rumors and speculation, until we finally got our first casting announcement (without character names), then just over a month ago, Star Wars Episode VII got it's official "The Force Awakens" subtitle, until we finally got our first footage in a teaser on Black Friday.

The trailer led to lots of speculation (especially surrounding the controversial new lightsaber), but we still don't know that much about the movie, although Lucasfilm has cracked that door slightly with the announcement of the names of the characters we see in the teaser, using vintage looking Star Wars character cards.

Soccer Ball Droid is BB-8



In the tradition of Star Wars droids, our friendly soccer ball droid gets the name BB-8.  It is clearly some sort of iteration of the R2 unit, and will likely fill a similar role to that of R2-D2, which begs he question, is R2 getting replaced, or is BB-8 merely a supplemental new droid?  R2-D2 is one of the most iconic characters, and among the few that have appeared in all 6 movies (and 2 animated series), but who knows what's in the cards for this new trilogy?

John Boyega is "Finn"



This card is interesting (and slightly revealing).  First of all, we are only given the first name (or nickname) of "Finn."  No last name is given.  Some of the other characters are given last names, though.  The question is: why?  Either it's for no reason, or Finn is related to an existing character.  Star Wars doesn't exactly contain a wealth of black characters, though, so there's no knowing if he simply lacks a last name, or if his last name is Calrissian, or Windu (that's really the only options, right?).  Also, he's apparently "on the run," so we still don't know if he's actually a Stormtrooper going AWOL, or if he merely acquired the armor a la Han and Luke circa A New Hope.

Robed Figure is Kylo Ren


We still don't know anything about this character.  It could be anyone under that robe.  John Boyega? Andy Serkis?  Well, his name is Kylo Ren.  With this character, we get a full last name, which has no obvious link to any existing characters (in-canon, or Expanded Universe).  The card specifies that the Lightsaber does belong to Kylo, but that's all we get here.  Most people have also assumed that this character is a Sith, because of the robe/saber combo, but with the absence of a "Darth" moniker, it's still too early to make that determination.  Oh well. More information for another day.

Oscar Issacs is Poe Dameron


Another full name with no link in or out of canon.  There is a droid in the EU named Poe, but I'm betting that's not him.  It is speculated that his name could be an indication of his struggle of walking the line between the dark side and the light side, inspired by Edgar Allan Poe, but who knows!  He pilots an X-Wing.  Obviously.

Daisy Ridley is Rey



Another omitted last name... This is especially interesting, because this character has been heavily speculated to be a solo child.  Solo, or not, the last name omission here is definitely interesting.  Also, it's been speculated that that's a Lightsaber attached to her speeder here... I think that's a bit of a stretch.  Lots of things in Star Wars look like Lightsabers, but aren't (comlinks, hydro spanners, ship controls...).  I wouldn't look to far into that at this time.


These are Stormtroopers.  No surprise.  The one in the middle is conspicuously short (it could be Boyega).  The only other detail here is that they are preparing for battle.  It's a fairly innocuous card, but hey! The new Stormtrooper design looks great!


Another innocuous no-brainer.  One thing interesting, which wasn't mentioned in my trailer breakdown (but was in my examination of the original X-Wing reveal), is the updated wing design.  There are only 2 large thrusters (instead of 4), and they split in half when the S-foils open into attack position.  Also, when closed, the S-foils form a single wing, instead of 2 stacked wings (this is accomplished by a split down the middle).  Anyway, the new design is awesome, and this is one of the coolest shots from the new trailer.


And the Millennium Falcon.  It's gorgeous.  One thing of note here, is the dish on the front left.  In the Original Trilogy, it was always round, but it appears to be a rectangle here.  Everyone might remember that Lando actually knocked it off during the attack on the Death Star II ("I got your promise now. Not a scratch!"), so this is likely what it was replaced with.  This is fairly insignificant, except it opens the possibility of other changes or enhancements to the ship.  Hopefully the hyperdrive at least works...

This might be the most we get until the next trailer, which will likely be in May, before Avengers: Age of Ultron.  It's not much, but it's something.  The omission of certain last names is the most intreguing part.  Now we'll let the rumor mill get to work again.  What do you think of the new characters?

Star Wars: The Force Awakens will hit theaters on December 18th, 2015.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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