You’ve seen the trailer five times too many for the upcoming 2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens. However, the trailer gave away very little as to the plot and who the new characters are. Today, we will reveal who each character is and add in our own little theories as to their importance in the story of Star Wars.

Over at Entertainment Weekly, they were given a set of 1970’s style images which depicted the new cast in trading card style. The cards revealed their names and not much more. The characters from the trailer are as follows:

Star Wars: Introducing the New Characters

Finn (Played by John Boyega)

What we know: From the trailer, we find Finn in a storm trooper uniform looking distressed and lost in the middle of a desert.

What we think: Finn wearing the Stormtrooper outfit brings up questions as to whether or not he is part of the Imperial Army, or if he’s wearing it to infiltrate them. Perhaps he decides to defect from the rest of the Stormtroopers and makes the transition from bad to good during the course of the film?

We don’t know Finn’s surname, perhaps he may be related to previously featured Star Wars characters like Lando Calrissian?
Star Wars: Introducing the New Characters

Rey (Played by Daisy Ridley)

What we know: We meet Rey on a speeder quite frantically trying to either get away or get to somewhere, again in a desert, like Finn.

What we think: As well as Finn, what the team over at Star Wars forgot to mention is Rey’s surname. Now, we know that Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker and Han Solo are returning. It would be fair to assume over the years some of them had children. Perhaps she is the daughter to Leia and Han Solo, or possibly Luke?

Also at the bottom of this shot, it looks like there is the handle of a lightsaber. Does she have Jedi training? Or does the lightsaber belong to someone else? If she has stolen or found it, it could explain why she is in a hurry to escape. Lightsabers aren’t cheap.

Star Wars: Introducing the New Characters

Poe Dameron (Played by Oscar Isaac)

What we know: He is seen in the trailer flying a X-Wing and wearing an outfit with the rebel’s logo on it.

What we think: From the little we’ve seen from him, he already looks pretty awesome. Perhaps he is going to be the Han Solo of this movie?

Star Wars: Introducing the New Characters


What we know: He is a new Droid that is going to sell a lot of toys after the release of the film. What isn’t clear is whether or not the ball part of BB-8 is part of him, or if BB-8 is riding on top of the ball.

What we think: We would expect to see a funny interaction of beeps and bloops between BB-8 and R2-D2.

Star Wars: Introducing the New Characters

Kylo Ren

What we know: They have a bad-ass cross-guard lightsaber. Potentially the bad-guy of film due to the red lightsaber and dark garments. We also know that Kylo Ren will be a male character, as the caption that was attached to this picture said ‘ignites his Lightsaber’.

What we think: We believe this character will be played by Adam Driver who had been rumoured to be playing the role of the main villain.

The cross-guard not only looks awesome but it is useful. It prevents people from chopping your hand off in a one-on-one duel with lightsabers. Perhaps this character had lost their hand previously (a staple of the Star Wars universe), got a robot hand and has the cross-guard to prevent it from happening again.


So that’s some of the new characters in the upcoming Star Wars movie. We still have a year to go and no word on the roles other actors such as Andy Serkis or Lupita Nyong’o are going to play.

What do you think these characters will be doing during the film? Let us know in the comments below.