Star Wars: The Force Awakens took Comic-Con by storm earlier today, with an exciting panel in Hall H that featured practically the entire main cast, and a three-minute behind-the-scenes video from the set. When production first started, all of the new characters' identities were shrouded in mystery, but over the past year or so, we've finally started to get confirmation about who some of these actors are actually playing. Up until today, one of the roles that was still kept under wraps was Domhnall Gleeson's. But during the hour-long panel, it was confirmed that he is playing a character named General Hux.
General Hux was shown in a photo on the big screen in Hall H that also featured known villains Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie), with all three actors coming onto the stage to represent the "dark side." Domhnall Gleeson even declared at the panel, "I am evil," and when asked for clarification by moderator Chris Hardwick, he replied, "He's British, so yeah." The actor also mentioned that, when he first got the role, he was told that General Hux is in charge, in some way, and director J.J. Abrams added that General Hux's base is dubbed the "Starkiller," in reference to Luke Skywalker's original last name in the first trilogy, before it was changed to the iconic name we all know and love.
Adam Driver was the least forthcoming of the panelists, refusing to address his connection to the dark side of the force, before he was prodded by director J.J. Abrams to say "something." Here's all he would reveal.
"I mean... what can I say? We didn't really have a lot of conversations about bad or evil when we were shooting it. It was more the difference between being bad and being right."
Unfortunately, he didn't shed any more light on his character, or why he wields that unusual crossguard light saber. Gwendoline Christie revealed that she was thrilled that Captain Phasma was a woman.
"I found it very exciting that underneath that armor is a woman. And it makes it more relevant than ever."
In related news, Hasbro has revealed more toys in their Star Wars: The Force Awakens line, including a Black Series First Order TIE Fighter and a Special Forces soldier figurine. If that wasn't enough, we also have a slew of photos from the Star Wars: The Force Awakens panel, if you weren't one of the lucky few to be in Hall H today. Check out the photos, and stay tuned for more on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, arriving in theaters December 18.
Hi John Boyega pic.twitter.com/fk2cEg5YgG— Kyle Buchanan (@kylebuchanan) July 11, 2015
Oscar Isaac is here but does not have a beard, I repeat, he DOES NOT HAVE A BEARD pic.twitter.com/Mg3PaVd9lo— Kyle Buchanan (@kylebuchanan) July 11, 2015
Domnhall Gleeson is asked if his character is evil. "He's British, so yeah," Gleeson replies. pic.twitter.com/WhV8jafwCu— Kyle Buchanan (@kylebuchanan) July 11, 2015
Some Luke and Leia perhaps? pic.twitter.com/Dsqtxyenpb— Kyle Buchanan (@kylebuchanan) July 11, 2015
Fisher, Hamill, Ford. This pic basically sums up the first trilogy, right? pic.twitter.com/YW7lQki8gG— Kyle Buchanan (@kylebuchanan) July 11, 2015
Gotta say, Harrison Ford seems almost moved to be here? And he's talking very passionately about the franchise (!) pic.twitter.com/h9gKevlyDb— Kyle Buchanan (@kylebuchanan) July 11, 2015
Let's congratulate Adam Driver, who made it through that Star Wars panel by saying practically nothing pic.twitter.com/WusSggvOvz— Kyle Buchanan (@kylebuchanan) July 11, 2015