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‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’: Domhnall Gleeson Revealed To Be On The Dark Side As General Hux

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’: Domhnall Gleeson Revealed To Be On The Dark Side As General Hux

Well, so much for the speculation that Domhnall Gleeson (“Ex-Machina”) would play Luke Skywalker’s son because of their vague resemblance. At San Diego Comic-Con tonight, most of the major players in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” turned up, and when it the focus turned to the dark side, Gleeson’s character was finally revealed.

READ MORE: Watch: The Behind The Scenes Comic-Con Reel Of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

Named General Hux, he’s English and that means he’s bad, at least in the tradition of the original “Star Wars” universe (see Gleeson’s quotes below). In the sprit of Grand Moff Tarkin, Captain Lorth Needa, Admiral Ozzel, etc., Gleeson plays a military figure in the new Empire, or First Order as they are now being referred to.

Gleeson also let out what most in the crowd sense to be a spoiler: Hux, Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), and Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie), the core members of the First Order, reside at Starkiller Base. Starkiller is, of course, a reference to George Lucas’ original draft of “Star Wars” — in early drafts Luke Skywalker was named Luke Starkiller. Now it’s not clear if this is just an respectful homage to what isn’t canon in “Star Wars” or if this is supposed to be some sort of reference to Skywalker. No one’s saying and we’ll find out much closer to release, if not after.

Additionally, Simon Pegg, rumored to have a role in the movie, was confirmed. He plays some kind of creature and it’s possible it’s not actually a very big part. In related “Star Wars” news, anthology film, “Star Wars: Rogue One,” begins shooting in three weeks. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” opens December 18. Below, photos from Comic-Con, tweets, plus watch the entire Star Wars panel.


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