‘Star Wars’ Day: New Images of ‘The Force Awakens’ Reveal New Characters

By May 4, 2015

The Force is strong with the Star Wars franchise today, and Lucasfilm have thrown fans a bone — or a holocron — by giving us new looks at some of the new players coming to theaters in December with the opening of J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Arriving exclusively from Vanity Fair, the Dark Side wielder Kylo Ren is finally revealed without the helmet he’s been sporting in the film’s teaser trailers, and Lupita Nyong’o looks hard at work and ready to provide facial and motion capture for her computer generated character. We also get another look at pilot Poe Dameron, fighting for “the Resistance:” conceivably the new incarnation of the original trilogy’s Rebel Alliance. See the images below.


Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, commands Snowtroopers loyal to “the First Order,” the heir apparent to the Galactic Empire.


Lupita Nyong’o is fitted with tracking balls as she performs for the role of Maz Kanata, which the artists at Industrial Light & Magic will create later.


Maz Kanata is apparently a pirate, and these alien smugglers and tradespeople have gathered at her castle.


Poe Dameron, ace pilot for “the Resistance,” gets ready to hop into his X-Wing.


J.J. Abrams directs Daisy Ridley, as she pilots her speeder through a bustling marketplace on the plane Jakku (seen in the second teaser as the crash site of a Star Destroyer).

These images definitely help to provide a little more context to the next evolution of the Rebellion vs. the Empire, showing that the protagonists and antagonists are operating with different names for their respective organizations. Still, there’s a lot of familiarity here, and Abrams looks like he wants to make the next step in evolution from the original Star Wars trilogy released between 1977-1983. You can also see that at least two new characters (three if you count BB-8), John Boyega’s Finn and Daisy Ridley’s Rey, will be making the acquaintance of two other luminaries in the Star Wars universe if this Vanity Fair cover is any indication:


Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in theaters on December 18th.

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Chris Clow
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