When Disney acquired Lucasfilm in 2012 and announced they would begin work on Star Wars: Episode VII, they weren’t just bringing back the saga and building off the beloved original trilogy that concluded in the early ’80s, they were bringing back its stars too.
We all know about the big three returning heroes, Han Solo, Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker – who all made surprise appearances during the Star Wars 7 panel presentation at San Diego Comic-Con moments ago. And we know of the new heroes as well, officially revealed at Star Wars Celebration earlier this year, but when it comes to the villains, it’s been a little more mysterious because that’s just how director J.J. Abrams operates.
But no longer will the secret be kept! Surprising absolutely no one, but putting smiles on the faces of 6100 attendees sitting in Hall H of the San Diego Convention Center – many of whom lined up yesterday to get in – Adam Driver was confirmed (officially and finally) to be playing The Force Awakens antagonist Kylo Ren. We know him as the black cloaked figure wielding the unique, old school crossguard red lightsaber from the trailers.
We already know Gwendoline Christie is playing the badass elite Stormtrooper, Captain Phasma (who has her own Twitter hashtag as of today), who may or may not be hunting new heroes Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Finn (John Boyega).
The biggest reveal however was that of Domhnall Gleeson who’s playing General Hux, a character Gleeson jokes is quite evil. Of course, previous rumors had him playing young Luke in flashbacks, the son of Luke, a character playing both sides, etc., so this is our first official info on the character.
After Gleeson said “”I am evil!” panels moderator Chris Hardwick asked “Is he really?” to which Gleeson responded: “He’s British, so yeah.” So, he could be playing coy, but the photo above definitely reveals an Imperial (now called The First Order) looking high-ranking official. Also interesting is in one thing Gleeson also revealed, when touching on the First Order base revealed in the second Star Wars: Episode 7 trailer (the most-watched trailer of the summer, by the way). He says it’s called the Starkiller Base, of course referring to the original last name of Luke Skywalker.
Bonus tidbit for the hardcore fans: Abrams said there’s no Darth Plagueis in the film.
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens opens in theaters on December 18, 2015, followed by Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One on December 16, 2016, and Star Wars: Episode VIII on May 26th, 2017,Star Wars Anthology: Han Solo on May 25, 2018.