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Star Wars: The Force Awakens new footage invites more questions

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Sometimes it’s “What’s that?” Sometimes it’s “Who’s that?” And other times it’s just, “WTF?”

There were many hidden clues to the plot of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in that three-minute reel of behind-the-scenes footage that debuted at Comic-Con this past weekend, but there were also plenty of random shots, context-free creatures, and unusual situations that merely left fans scratching their heads.

Here’s a look at some of the more puzzling moments from the galaxy:

WHAT IS SIMON PEGG PLAYING?

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There were rumors the Shaun of the Dead star would be appearing in the background as a Stormtrooper, but he’s obviously a bulky creature of some sort. Is that fabric around his torso a shirt, or is it supposed to be alien skin? The chunky physique calls to mind Droopy McCool (yes, that was the character’s real name) who played horn with the Max Rebo Band in Jabba’s palace in Return of the Jedi.

WHO IS LOBSTERMAN?

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This candy-apple red crustacean-looking fellow is one of the denizens of the pirate lair run by Maz Kanata (played by Lupita Nyong’o.) At first, he (or she) appears to be humanoid, but in the video, the bottom of that mask opens up into a mouth that emits a distinctly inhuman sound. Plus, the vertical eye-slits suggest something that doesn’t have a familiar face.

Perhaps it’s just an anonymous background figure, but the scarlet visage is striking and mysterious, in the same way Boba Fett once was — before we knew what was beneath the helmet.

If that is a helmet. We could also be dealing with an exoskelton here, right?

BIG BOY AND THE JESTER

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Two more layabouts from Maz Kanata’s lair. There’s something intimate but creepy about this pose, like the girl in the black-and-white jester outfit is some kind of pet — Salacious Crumb to his Jabba the Hutt. Or is that dynamic reversed? We may never get a full backstory about these two, but the possibilities are infinite.

NEXT PAGE: What’s lurking around the Millennium Falcon …?

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GHOSTS OF THE FALCON

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This appears to simply be a piece of digitally rendered concept art, but there’s something haunting about the figures at the ship’s entryway. If they were just stand-ins for human beings, why would they be rendered with such tall heads and awkward stances? Han Solo’s freighter appears to be parked inside a giant hangar of some sort, but there’s something lonely and unsettling about these two ghostly shapes.

REY AT THE HELM

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Lando Calrissian flew the Falcon in Return of the Jedi, so it’s not like we’ve never seen someone other than Han Solo at the controls before. But this footage shows detailed shots of Daisy Ridley’s desert scavenger clumsily piloting the Falcon to liftoff — and no one is in the cockpit with her. So where is Harrison Ford’s galactic smuggler and Peter Mayhew’s Chewbacca? Why does she appear to be escaping all by herself?

NEXT PAGE: Too weird to live, too rare to die …

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SLENDER ALIEN

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The original trilogy did remarkable things with puppets, and Lupita Nyong’o’s Kaz Manata and Andy Serkis’ Supreme Leader Snoke will be rendered with performance-capture technology that marries digital imagery with human performance. But it appears they won’t be the only ones using a variation on this technology. This puppetry device takes it in a different direction, allowing an actor (who?) to manipulate the puppet through motion capture. Who is this lanky alien — and does this mean he has a speaking role?

CUDDLE MONSTER

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Many Star Wars fans have already pointed out that the short furball beside Ewok actor Warwick Davis looks like a galactic version of one of the Minions. It’s definitely an unique design — even amid the peculiar menagerie of creatures we’ve seen before — but this haystack-looking being is likely just a background figure. Probably wouldn’t make a great action figure, but might make for a lovable teddy bear.

HE BELONGS IN SLYTHERIN

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Friend: “Hey, I heard you got a role in the new Star Wars movie!”

Actor: “That’s right.”

Friend: “So who do you play?”

Actor: “I play a box of snakes.”

Harrison Ford: “Snakes … Why did it have to be snakes …?”

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