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The new poster for Star Wars: The Force Awakens presents many of the new and old characters, but it leaves a few hidden. As we await Monday's debut of the new trailer, here's a dive into what the poster shows and tells. First of all, Adam Driver's Kylo Ren looms large over the proceedings, as most villains do. His red blade, and the staff of Daisy Ridley's Rey combines with the downturned lightsaber of John Boyega's Finn to form a pyramid. Ren may hover over it, but the central figure is Rey. The way her staff aligns with his unstable laser sword makes me worry about her fingers, but it also promises a throwdown between these two.
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Who knows how close they've been over 30 years, but in the poster Han is at the heart of the character pyramid and Leia is right beside him. He has his weapon drawn, while her face bears the same expression it had when he was lowered down into that carbonite freezing chamber in The Empire Strikes Back. Fashions change over three decades (note that an updo is the new side-buns) but something tells me that the spark between these two has remained the same.
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A planet that is clearly not a planet. The First Order obsesses on the history of the Empire, so it stands to reason they might revisit one of Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader's most ambitious schemes — the creation of a super-weapon capable of wiping whole planets off the galactic map. In 1977's original Star Wars, the Death Star appears to be the size of a moon, and it has some pretty serious vulnerabilities. This ... thing, perhaps the Starkiller Base J.J. Abrams alluded to at San Diego Comic-Con, looks to have similarly deadly capabilities.
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The poster arrived without much explanation, and an apparently new creature added to the collection of characters is this little alien tucked between BB-8 and R2-D2. We may find out for sure from the trailer, but it's a good guess that this is Maz Kanata, the space pirate portrayed via motion-capture by 12 Years a Slave Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong'o. In the April teaser trailer, a small alien hand that looks like it might belong to this being is seen handing Luke Skywalker's lost lightsaber to Princess Leia.
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We've known for a while that John Boyega's runaway stormtrooper Finn will get his hands on a lightsaber (and that it appears to be the same one a young Luke Skywalker first swung around after being given his father's weapon by Obi-Wan Kenobi.) The question is how skilled he'd be with a Jedi weapon, and from the looks of this he knows his way around a laser sword. Finn is striking a pose in the ochs, or ko gasumi, position — or some galactic variation thereof.
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Dark Side heavyweights General Hux (played by Domhnall Gleeson) and Supreme Leader Snoke (portrayed via performance capture by Andy Serkis) aren't depicted on the poster, but Gwendoline Christie's silver-plated Captain Phasma is demonstrating some serious presence at the base of this character pyramid. Dig her swagger, her bearing, and the just-right armor she's wearing. This pose sends a clear message: "Stand down."
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One of the unanswered questions of The Force Awakens is the reason behind that crimson-colored red arm Anthony Daniels' C-3PO is sporting in some movie stills and the movie's behind-the-scenes footage. It's doubtful anything has changed, but the new poster obscures that particular detail behind Han Solo's head, with only his hand barely visible. We'll find out about the origin of the arm in an upcoming comic book, but for now that seems to be a secondary mystery.
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Pew, pew, pew!! Pew! Pew! PewPewPewPew! *BAAROOOOOM!*
That's all. (Just a cool image of the Millennium Falcon battling some TIE Fighters.)