Friday, December 12, 2014

What's in a Name...New Star Wars:The Force Awakens Characters Revealed

 We can now put some names with the new faces of the latest installment in the Star Wars cinematic universe.

We received our first look at the Internet stir of characters via the the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens a couple of weeks ago. The 88 second trailer has brought about millions of views and continued debates and parodies after its release. Many of those debates questioning who exactly the characters are and what their roles will be in the new movie. Now all five of the new characters seen in the trailer have been named.

By way of some extremely cool trading cards, reminiscent of the vintage trading cards released by Topps for the original Star Wars in 1977, Kathleen Kennedy and J.J. Abrams have shed some light on just who the new gang in the teaser is.

John Boyega, the sweaty unbucketed Stormtrooper we first see in the teasers opening, is Finn. Daisy Ridley, the young women seen aboard the Speeder bike, is named Rey. The "They see me rolling, They're hatin" ball droid is called BB-8. Oscar Isaac, a character I believe was original meant to be veteran Rebel pilot, Wedge Antilles, and seen piloting a new version of the X-Wing , is Poe Dameron. And last, but not least, the Sith looking character with the medieval lightsaber, is Kylo Ren.

There is probably more to Finn and Rey's names, like Solo, Skywalker, or Calrisssian, but we'll have to wait and see what else they reveal in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, check out these cool vintage inspired cards. Star Wars: The Force Awakens December 18, 2015.

(Via EW and Comic Book Resources)

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  1. The name Kylo Ren sounds so familiar, but I don't want to do too much research for fear of spoiling things. In fact, I'm going to be actively trying to avoid spoilers as much as I can with this movie.

    I love that this is how they introduced the characters' names. It gives me hope that the franchise is now in good hands.

    1. Me too. It's almost like something out of a dream or I don't know...

      I feel the same. However, once Kevin Smith gave his two cents after visiting the set I knew everything was going to be alright.

    2. I've never been a Kevin Smith fan, but the man seems to love his Star Wars. If he likes what he sees, then I can only imagine I will too.


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