Although we’ve known the actors that make up the cast of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” and we finally saw a few of them in action, in the teaser trailer that debuted recently, we’ve never been told what characters each of them plays in the film – until now.
Well, at least, those characters featured in the teaser-trailer. Although, all we’re getting for now are their names, without any breakdowns.
Of specific interest to this blog, John Boyega, who appears at the beginning of the teaser-trailer, plays a character named Finn. That’s it, just Finn. Although, as Entertainment Weekly notes, the fact that his last name isn’t revealed at this time, may indicate that the name may tells us something about the character – possibly connecting him to a character from previous “Star Wars” movie; like, I don’t know, maybe he’s related to a certain Calrissian, which woulld make his name Finn Calrissian? We’ll find out eventually…
Again, no details on the character is given – just his name – so we remain still in the dark with regards to who exactly he is, and how his storyline connects to the overall plot.
We do know that Lupita Nyong’o is also in the movie, but she’s not in the trailer – or is she and we just don’t know it… yet. There has been speculation that she plays one of the villains, but I don’t believe that’s been confirmed officially. Who knows, maybe she’s the mysterious character in the dark cloak that we see in the trailer. That character, by the way, has a name – Kylo Ren, according to the Entertainment Weekly breakdown.
Here are the rest – thus far, no names with “Skywalker” or “Darth” in them. :
Oscar Isaac is Poe Dameron
There’s no obvious significance to this name, so we’re left with the same information about Isaac’s character that we already had: He’s an X-Wing pilot, and his helmet features the same insignia as Luke’s from the original trilogy. Does that mean that he’s also part of Rogue Squadron?
Someone With A Cloak is Kylo Ren
The fact that this character has a name that doesn’t include the word “Darth” might push back against speculation that he’s definitively one of the Sith — Darth being their title, judging by what we’ve seen with Darth Sidious and Darth Maul in the prequel trilogy — which might also mean that those guessing that this is actually Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker gone bad might be wrong… unless this is all a particularly long con.
Daisy Ridley is Rey
Note that we don’t get the last name of Ridley’s character, meaning that everyone who’s assuming that she’s the daughter of Han Solo and Leia Organa (Leia Skywalker? Leia Organa Skywalker-Solo?) can continue to believe that for awhile longer. Of course, it’s also possible that the lack of last name is merely because it won’t be used in the movie for entirely innocent purposes…
That Droid With A Ball For A Body is BB-8
R2-D2 was, as all true Star Wars fans already know, named for a reference to “reel 2, dialogue track 2,” heard while George Lucas was writing the original movie. For The Force Awakens’ droid’s name, the origin seems a little more obvious; surely he’s named for Bryan Burk, producer on a number of J.J. Abrams projects including, yes, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
Here’s the teaser-trailer again: