"The Force is strong in my family. My father has it. I have it. My sister has it.
You have that power too."
That quote, read in an evil Mark Hamill voice (if I've ever heard one) has dominated the Star Wars trailers, television spots and promotional material. The popular opinion, however, seems to be that Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) is in fact saying this, but to one of the newer stars of the franchise.
Some say Rey (Daisy Ridley), some say Finn (John Boyega), and there's probably one guy in the back who is sure it's Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and all three groups of people have probably spent hours collating evidence and writing a solid argument, with optional counter-arguments, should the need arise.
As the resident article writer, I'm obligated to take a side in this three way battle, so I'm going to say this: I agree with you. You're 100% right, and those other guys? They're wrong.
But are they really?
Well, why don't we crack open the can of worms that is 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' characters and figure out all three theories.
1. Why Poe Dameron could have the Force
Probably, no scratch that, definitely the most unspoken theory (primarily because no one thinks it), is that Poe Dameron, the lowly X-Wing pilot for the Resistance, is in fact the Skywalker descendant in this film, blessed with the Force. The fact that no one is speculating about this theory is what makes it so juicy to me; this is a totally JJ-Abrams-esque move to pull!
Of course Abrams won't make the next Skywalker front-and-center of the Star Wars promotional material, in fact he was teased and teased to be in the final 'Force Awakens' trailer, but we suspiciously absent, bar two or three shots. We are talking about the same man who made two cuts of 'Star Trek Into
Darkness': one where they called the villain John Harrison, and one where they called him his true name, Khan.
Another point is that at the time of this writing, the only confirmed stars of the eighth installment to the main Star Wars series (who are coming over from the seventh) are Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, and Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron. Benecio Del Toro is also cast, but let's forget about that for a second. This crucial piece of evidence almost confirms that Poe and Luke have some kind of relation, potentially a blood relation. Rey and Finn, as well and Han and Leia could well not return, seeing as they have yet to be announced as part of the film, which is already months into filming. If you'd like to check for yourself, head over to IMDB to check it out.
And hey, if Poe isn't a Jedi, the Force is DEFINITELY with that pose...
2. Why Finn could have the Force
One of the primary formatting issues of this article lies in the fact that the surnames of Finn and Rey haven't been released, so Poe is the only guy who gets to have a surname in the title of their section.
Now, as the promotional material has moved along, we have begun to see Finn wielding what is almost definitely the lightsaber that Luke lost in Cloud City when he was *ahem* disarmed.
I'll see myself to the door.
But what may well be the hitch that is catching most people is that Leia's skin pigment is white, and Luke's skin pigment is white, and they are the only two Skywalkers out there. If Finn's pigment is black, where did those genetics come from? Well, an answer that is simpler than 'Luke got with a black chick' is that 'Leia got with a black dude.' Who could the 'black dude' in mention possibly be though?
Well we all just assumed that everything was a happily ever after for Han and Leia after 'Return of the Jedi,' but thirty years passed, thirty years during which the Empire was defeated, the Rebellion dissolved and somewhere in the middle they turned into the First Order and the Resistance. We have no idea what happened with Han and Leia after we left them, and they have only been seen comforting each other ONE time in the promotional material.
So, what's to say Han and Leia decided it wouldn't work, had a massive falling out, and Leia pulled a pretty ratchet one over Han and, say, slept with his best friend? A best friend who happens to be a black dude. Whose name is Lando Calrissian. Who may well be the father of Finn.
3. Why Rey could have the Force
Yes, the prevailing theory; Han and Leia did in fact get married, and this is their child, blah, blah, blah...
No seriously, that really is all there is too it.
What are you still doing here?
Oh right, I need a conclusion.
To conclude, you are right. Goodnight.