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In a manner reflective of the coolest hipster you know, J.J. Abrams and Disney have officially released the names of our new main cast for [Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](movie:711158) in the form of 70's style trading card graphics. In an exclusive with Entertainment Weekly, Abrams joked a little about his new approach to old-school movie marketing:

“I’m only sorry we couldn’t give everyone a stick of gum,” Abrams says.

Something to keep in mind with these cards are the numbers attached. According to Abrams, they have a certain meaning, and there's a reason for the order. Are we seeing the movie's general layout in these? Time will tell!

Without further adieu, folks: here's the new cast.

Daisy Ridley is Rey

Something you'll notice right off of the bat is that we are not given last names for our two main characters. Regardless, we've been calling Daisy Ridley's character "Kira" and "Fawn" for a while because of her rumored on-set name, so it's awesome to know our new heroine's name - if only a little. It's speculated that Rey is the daughter of Han Solo and Princess Leia Organa, so is that why her full name is being kept hush-hush?

John Boyega is Finn

Not unlike Mark Hamill's "Luke" Skywalker, Boyega's character seems to reflect something along the lines of 'normal' names. I'm curious as to why they're hiding his full name, as well. Back when the rumors started, it was said that the film will focus on the children of Han Solo and Lando Calrissian, but that rumor seemed a little too fluffy to be true. Is Finn related to someone we already know - possibly Zare Leonis, who served in the Imperial Academy during [Star Wars Rebels](series:965946)?

Finn is 'on the run', and it's pretty easy to guess that he might be running from the imperial troops, as it's said that his character defects from their ranks in the first act of the movie.

Oscar Isaac is Poe Dameron

While it was rumored that this character's last name was 'Darklighter', alluding to the family of Luke's friend Biggs, it seems that this is not the case. Outside of his name, we're not really sure where it came from, though Poe was the name of a protocol droid that assisted Wedge Antilles' Rogue Squadron. That's pulling at strings, though.

Soccerdroid? More like BB-8.

We finally have a name for the breakout star of the trailer: BB-8! A leisure droid line developed at the beginning of the Galactic Empire's reign also bore the BB identification, but I don't think this little 'bot has anything to do with them. It says that BB is referred to as a 'girl' as opposed to R2-D2 and C-3PO, who are addressed as male.

A Very Villainous Man: Kylo Ren

And with that, my friends, all of the theories about Gwendoline Christie being this character have more than likely been chucked into hyperspace. Kylo Ren ignites his broadsword-style lightsaber in this shot, and is clearly identified as a dude, so my Adam Driver prediction is holding up alright so far.

It's said that Kylo is an over-ambitious rebel pilot with a creepy obsession: the Sith. He collects artifacts and is seeking out someone to teach him, which i believe might be where we meet Andy Serkis.

But Some Things Never Change

Outside of the character names, trading cards were released featuring the other major shots from the now impossibly popular trailer: the new Stormtroopers, The Millennium Falcon, and our new X-wing Squadron.

Little details on the iconic ships have changed (that satellite was finally replaced) which is always great to see after the flurry of new faces in the trailer.

It really seems like Abrams and Bad Robot are loosening up on keeping everything super hush-hush, but only giving us enough to keep our noggins racking until the movie comes out. I can't wait!


Do you like the new names?


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