Earlier this week, images were released via Entertainment Weekly of the newest entry in the Star Wars saga. After revealing that no new footage will be shown at this weekend’s D23, an annual celebration of Disney properties and new releases, Lucasfilm revealed some interesting things about their new film.
The cover of the Entertainment Weekly’s Fall Movie preview issue showed Kylo Ren, played by Adam Driver, with his new cross-guard lightsaber and Darth Vader (and possibly Darth Revan) inspired mask. This image seems to be from the same scene shown in the Black Friday teaser trailer. It was confirmed he is part of the First Order, an Imperial remnant. This is one of many remnants of Palpatine’s empire, who could possibly be fighting over power. A battle between the new chrome-trooper, Captain Phasma and Kylo Ren might be seen on screen in that case. It is also revealed that Kylo Ren is not his given name, it instead was given to him by a group called the Knights of Ren. This leads some to speculate he might be the son of Han Solo and Princess Leia Organa, making him the grandson of Darth Vader.
The chrome-trooper, Captain Phasma, looks ready to kill in her still photo. This will be first female villain, excluding Zam Wessell, to be featured in a live-action Star Wars film. This new character played by Gwendoline Christie looks like a stormtrooper that can actually shoot!
General Hux, played by Domhnall Gleeson, looks menacing with a one of the new stormtroopers in the background. It was confirmed earlier in the summer, that Hux will be commanding the Starkiller Base.
Poe Dameron, played by the talented Oscar Isaac, walks away from a newly painted X-Wing (black and orange this time around). He is a member of the Resistance, a possible splinter of the Rebellion from the original trilogy.
Han Solo and Chewbacca are back in a still which we saw in the trailer. I’m glad Harrison Ford is back and looking happier than he has in years. He’s such an important part of the franchise and completely embodies the Han Solo character.
J.J. Abrams, the director of this blockbuster, is featured in two images. One with writer Lawrence Kasdan and one with Daisy Ridley, playing Rey. Abrams was sold onto the project after Kathleen Kennedy asked him “Who is Luke Skywalker?”. The opportunity to tell the story of one of cinema’s most iconic characters was too great to pass up for the former Star Trek director. The image of Rey, seems to be on the leg of a fallen AT-AT, which was teased in some concept art last year.
Rey seems to be saving the new droid BB-8 from what seems to be a version of Jawas but on the new planet, Jakku. This looks like a throwback to Luke buying R2-D2 and C-3PO from Jawas in A New Hope.
Speaking of R2 and 3PO, the ladder seems to have lost an arm in the past 30 years. A new red one has replaced his left arm. It’s good to see the first 2 characters seen in Star Wars back again. I can’t wait to hear the banter of these two again, even if R2 only speaks in beeps and hoops.
Rey and Finn, played by John Boyega, are running from a stormtrooper in their still photo. This scene was teased in the second trailer. I really like the costumes of these two in this scene.
Finn is escaping from a crashed tie fighter in the last promotional still. This was teased in concept art and was confirmed with this photo. I am excited to see the reason why he has crash landed on Jakku.
I really enjoy the way these images and trailers have kept so much from the public. It was confirmed that Rey and Finn’s last names are spoilers, and I’m glad they are keeping these secret for now. Also the images seem to be from the same four or five scenes, and seem to be towards the beginning of the movie. The more unseen footage, the better I say.
Also late Thursday, a photo of Luke Skywalker was leaked/released. This is our first look at the character in 30 years and he looks great. The beard adds mystery and pays homage to Obi-Wan Kenobi and he is wearing traditional Jedi robes for the first time!
I’m extremely excited for this movie which comes out December 18th. Each piece of news is tantalizing and fresh. Abrams is really creating something extraordinary in my opinion.