[WARNING: This post contains POSSIBLE SPOILERS for Star Wars: The Force Awakens]
Very, very soon, we'll learn more about J.J. Abrams' hotly-anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The director and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy are going to kick off Star Wars Celebration tomorrow, April 16, with a panel that is said to be the launching spot for the movie's second trailer and teaser poster. After all the rumors we've heard over the last couple of months, the bit of clarity the creative team will most likely provide will be greatly appreciated by fans.
It's true that official information on the project has been hard to come by, which even includes minor details like character names. A while back, we learned the identities of some of the new additions to the franchise (the individuals featured in the teaser trailer), but as the cast list indicates, there are several "anonymous" inhabitants of the galaxy far, far away. Now, we may have learned the full roster - ranging from the primary players to the most obscure of extras.
SPOILERS FOLLOW -
Making Star Wars is back at it with a brand new Force Awakens rumor, which is a list of characters their sources say have filmed at least one sequence for the saga's seventh installment. You can head over there for the entire rundown; we will include the principal actors in a list below:
- Luke Skywalker
- Han Solo
- Queen Leia
- Finn (John Boyega)
- Rey (Daisy Ridley)
- Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac)
- BB-8 (soccer ball droid)
- Kylo Ren (Adam Driver?)
- The General (Domhnall Gleeson)
- Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie)
- Rose (Lupita Nyong'o)
- Uber (Andy Serkis)
- The Vicar (Max Von Sydow)
Longtime followers of the Star Wars rumor mill will surely recognize a few of those names, since some of them were brought to light previously in other reports. This cast list would seemingly confirm that those rumors were true, at least when it comes to who's playing who.
The full write-up reveals some interesting facets about the film, particularly when it comes to Luke. Obviously, Mark Hamill will be reprising his iconic role in the new movie, but the size of his part has been subject of much debate. It's long been speculated that the old Jedi Master is in self-isolation, as he watches over an ancient Sith tomb so nobody can open it. One rumor suggested that Hamill's screen time would be minuscule, and the revelation that Hamill did not need a stunt double for Force Awakens (when Harrison Ford did) hints that Luke won't have that much to do (or at least take part in much action).
Other rumors have claimed that flashbacks would be incorporated into the film's narrative, and the casting list appears to confirm that as well. One of the characters listed is "Young Luke Skywalker," who allegedly is being portrayed by actor Robert Boulter in a flashback sequence. Not only that, other characters involved in that rumored flashback - like the villager Naka - are present on the call sheet, meaning that there's definitely some smoke to this fire and Force Awakens will probably be breaking traditional Star Wars storytelling by going back in the past.
Another old rumor this character list seems to clarify is the reported opening sequence, which apparently takes place in a village where resident Naka has stumbled across the lightsaber that sets the whole plot into motion. Many of the stormtroopers mentioned on the list include the classification (Village), suggesting that these Imperial infantry are needed specifically for a battle sequence that takes place in a village. Not to mention, we heard that the Vicar (a village elder who contacts the Rebel Alliance) was part of this opening sequence, and the Vicar is indeed a character in the film.
Fans were hoping for a clearer picture on The Force Awakens this week, and ironically enough, more rumors are the source - not Disney/Lucasfilm. We'll have to wait and see what Abrams and Kennedy have to say before we get official confirmation on the elements described here, but things are adding up too well. There seems to be more fact than fiction out there.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be in theaters December 18, 2015.
Source: Making Star Wars
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