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Star Wars: Episode VII—The Force Awakens exclusive trading cards
We finally got to meet some new characters in the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but now we're getting to put some names with the faces. J.J. Abrams, the film's co-writer and director, and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy have revealed the identities of some of the key players exclusively to EW, including the characters played by John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, and Oscar Isaac—as well as that shadowy figure in the snow with the crossguard lightsaber. Click through to see them all...
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#11: BB-8 on the move!
Obviously friendly, this bouncing baby droid has already endeared itself to the Star Wars faithful with just a few bleeps and squawks of droidspeak. Its exact role in the plot can't be determined, but it likely serves the a similar role to R2—the sweet, childlike, non-threatening David that plays a small but critical role in facing down an intergalactic Goliath.
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#53: Poe Dameron in his X-Wing
Now there's a name weighted with significance. Some fans have already gleaned an intense, not necessarily welcoming vibe off of Oscar Isaac's X-Wing pilot, and a first name taken from a writer who chronicled the sinister side of human nature would suggest that this is a character who is on the edge of the light/dark divide. (Those, like Han Solo and Vader himself, are always the most interesting ones.)
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#74: Rey on her speeder
There've been no shortage of rumors out there about the character played by Daisy Ridley, but even the name being used in that speculation—Kira—has now been proven false. All we have at this point is her first name, Rey, so?maybe we'll find out eventually whether her surname reveals deeper family connections.
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#67: Kylo Ren ignites his Lightsaber!
We don't yet know which actor is playing this ominous figure, but he's clearly a villain, mentioned in the trailer as the dark side of the awakening that has taken place. What's notable about these few seconds of footage is that this seems to be a villain who has no resources, no ship, a shoddy, sparking, flame-like blade on his lightsaber (despite the cool crossguard customization.) Luke Skywalker was a farmboy who rose from nothing to take on the Empire. What if the villain of the new trilogy was the same, but from the other moral direction—a nobody who brings chaos to an entire galaxy.
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#76: Finn on the run!
We also don't know the last name of John Boyega's character, so that could also be an important omission. But the extra three words of description—''on the run!—explains a little bit why he is seen jumping into frame and gasping in the opening moments of that trailer. He's in a Stormtrooper uniform, but we don't know for sure if he is an actual member of that fighting corps or if, like Han and Luke in the first movie, he's merely using it as a disguise.
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#81: Stormtroopers prepare for battle!
I think Princess Leia said it best, once upon a time: ''Aren't you a little short for a Stormtrooper?''
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#88: X-Wings in formation!
The design is slightly different—the wings open up in the middle instead of being two platforms pressed together, but Poe Dameron's squadron seems no less fearsome than the group that swooped in to battle the forces of the Emperor. The fact that they're skidding along the surface of a lake rather than screaming through the void of space gives us something new along with something familiar.
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#96: The Millennium Falcon
The Millennium Falcon, the most beloved and seemingly least aerodynamic fighting ship imaginable. Yet it made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs and saved the galaxy from not one but two Death Stars. Yeah, it's been around for a long time, but it still seems to be kicking ass 30 years after Return of the Jedi.
To borrow a phrase from another Lucasfilm universe: ''It's not the years, honey, it's the mileage.''