Star Wars: Episode 7 – The Force Awakens New Character Guide

September 23, 2015

 Here's an up to date guide on the new charaters from Star Wars: The Force Awakens

 

 

Finn

First Appearance: Star Wars – Episode 7: The Force Awakens

Affiliation: The Resistance (formerly: The First Order)

 

Background: Finn begins his journey in the Star Wars story as a member of The First Order; however, for reasons that have yet to be revealed, Finn abandons his post as a Stormtrooper. Stranded in a desert on the remote world Jakku, Finn encounters a local junk scavenger Rey – who sets him on a journey of self discovery and a place in The Resistance. Promotional marketing (trailers and images) for Star Wars 7 show Finn wielding Luke Skywalker’s blue lightsaber – suggesting the hero will become a Jedi warrior. Still, at this time there is no official confirmation that Finn is Force-sensitive – and it’s still possible, though unlikely, that there’s another explanation for his lightsaber duel.

 

Rey

First Appearance: Star Wars – Episode 7: The Force Awakens

Affiliation: The Resistance

 

Background: While little is, currently, known about Rey’s past, we know she spent much of her life scavenging the desert of Jakku – in order to survive. Director J.J. Abrams has previously stated that Rey’s lack of a last name is intentional – and could hint at a connection to established Star Wars characters. Either way, a capable and strong-willed fighter, Rey has stood up to many of Jakku’s most unscrupulous residents. However, as The First Order regains power around the galaxy, Rey aligns with The Resistance in order to fight back. Fans will have to wait for more details to find out if Rey is already a Resistance fighter by the time she crosses paths with Finn but, regardless of where she really comes from, Rey is bound to become a key warrior in battle against The First Order.

 

 

Kylo Ren

First Appearance: Star Wars – Episode 7: The Force Awakens

Affiliation: The First Order

 

Background: Kylo Ren was initially believed to be Episode 7‘s version of a Sith lap dog (following in the footsteps of Darth Maul and Darth Vader ahead of him); yet, in the time since, Abrams has indicated that Ren isn’t actually a Sith and is, instead, a Force-weilding warrior operating under orders from powerful Dark Side figure Supreme Leader Snoke. Similar reports have suggested that Ren might, at this point, simply be a want-to-be Sith, who is also obsessed with Darth Vader, but is unable to control the immense power of the Dark Side. To that end, Ren may have cobbled together his own cross-guard lightsaber – even though he is not (or is not yet) an actual Sith.

 

 

Poe Dameron

First Appearance: Star Wars – Episode 7: The Force Awakens

Affiliation: The Resistance

 

Background: Continuing the legacy of brave Rebel Alliance fighter pilots (such as Wedge Antilles), Poe Dameron is one of The Resistance’s most talented and brave X-wing squadron leaders. Currently, little is known of Dameron’s backstory, or the reason he joined-up with The Resistance; however, marketing materials and Star Wars: Episode 7 toys have revealed the hero’s callsign to be “Black Leader” – indicating that he commands a deadly team of T-70 X-wing fighters (refined successors to the original T-65 X-wings) known as “Black Squadron.”

 

 

Captain Phasma

First Appearance: Star Wars – Episode 7: The Force Awakens

Affiliation: The First Order

 

Background: A fierce First Order loyalist, Captain Phasma leads the next generation of stormtroopers into battle. Little is known about the woman underneath the specialized silver armor, including whether or not Phasma is even human, but official character descriptions have suggested the character is one of The First Order’s most ruthless and power-hungry warriors. Prior rumors have also pegged the character as a Jedi hunter, or possibly the officer sent to kill Finn after he deserts the First Order; that said, neither of those rumors have been confirmed (yet) by Lucasfilm.

 

 

BB-8

First Appearance: Star Wars – Episode 7: The Force Awakens

Affiliation: The Resistance

 

Background: BB-8 is an astromech droid with connections to Poe Dameron, Rey, and the larger Residence force; though, based on marketing alone, it’s unclear who encountered BB-8 first. Rumors have suggested that BB-8 belongs to Dameron, as his on-board X-wing co-pilot; however, other reports have pegged the astromech droid as a Resistance asset carrying a sensitive piece of Jedi tech (similar to R2-D2 in Star Wars) that is being hunted by the First Order – only to be, inadvertently, rescued by Rey on Jakku. While fans will have to wait a bit longer to find out BB-8’s place in the larger story, Abrams has confirmed the droid’s sphere-shape is an homage to Ralph McQuarrie’s pre-production R2-D2 design.

 

 

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Source: Screenrant

 

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