Hot on the heels of the first trailer, both J.J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy have teamed up with EW.com to reveal (most) of the names for the characters seen in the trailer with retro trading cards! If that wasn’t original enough for you, it seems how they are numbered is extremely important. Below lies a look at who Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and Oscar Issacs play, plus some speculation thanks to some fans matching up the trading cards.
A fan has already linked several of the trading cards to the original run of Star Wars trading cards from 1977. I’ll discuss the cards below including what the few so far that match could mean:
John Boyega plays Finn, which his card describes him on the run. While I understand a lot of the speculation thinking this means he is indeed disguised as a stormtrooper, it could also mean he’s actually a defector. But who’d want to defect from the Empire? I’m sure they have amazing dental, though I heard their vision insurance is terrible. Methinks his last name has some big significance, hence it not being mentioned here, and I’ll be extremely happy if it’s not Calrissian, since that’s just too easy (and makes the GFFA seem TOO small). UPDATE 12/15/14: After some time, I (and I’ve seen others around) have thought of Finn maybe being a reference to Huckleberry Finn. The reason why is partly spoiler-filled, but it’s just from rumors: Huckleberry runs away from home, much like TFA’s Finn is “on the run”, and Huckleberry goes on to reluctantly help someone. The rumors are TFA’s Finn helps Rey, which would mean quite the race/role reversal for the classic tale from Mark Twain.
Daisy Ridley plays Rey, with her card pointing out the obvious about her being on a speeder. She was one of the one’s linked up to a ’77 trading card, who’s corresponding number links to a card mentioning Luke on his speeder on Tatooine. Could this mean Rey is a Skywalker and, at least in the shot from the trailer, on Tatooine? I doubt the Tatooine part, but if the numbering of these new cards is so important and hers linked to one of Luke, it’s hard not to pull for that connection.
Oscar Issacs plays Poe Dameron, the X-Wing pilot. His card links up with a ’77 one, which shows some X-Wings in space. There’s no Damerons to be found in the Wookieepedia besides him, so no EU/Legends connection that we know of at this point.
The crossguard lightsaber wielder is Kylo Ren, who’s description reveals Kylo to be a male, knocking Gwendoline Christie and Lupita Nyong’o out of the running. That leaves Adam Driver, Max Von Sydow, Domhnall Gleeson, or Andy Serkis to play Kylo.
Rounding out the last of the cards, there’s one for the X-Wing’s themselves, the Millennium Falcon, stormtroopers, and the ball droid’s official designation of BB-8. BB-8’s card links up to a ’77 card as well, one where R2-D2 is being carried away by the Jawas after he split up from C-3PO, which now that I think about it, is another card linking to someone on Tatooine. Maybe there is something to the Tatooine aspect?
The truly amazing part of this reveal is that as much as we now know and have seen, we still know next to nothing about the film. Probably won’t be until Star Wars Celebration VII in Anaheim where we’ll get more concrete information and I don’t know about you, but I can wait till then.
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