With just 11 days until Star Wars: The Force Awakens debuts, new footage has been released in two TV spots and a preview that focuses on Rey (Daisy Ridley). The featurette, courtesy of CBR Trailers, originally aired on ABC, where the actress reveals that her character is a scavenger from the planet of Jakku. The actress also reveals that she hopes both men and women alike can find something they relate to in Rey, when Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters on December 18.
We know that Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be just the beginning, with two more sequels and three spinoffs coming to theaters over the next few years. While there are several answers fans are waiting for, it seems we may not get all the answers we're looking for in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Producer Kathleen Kennedy admitted to Variety that they don't have "every single detail mapped out" yet, while star John Boyega said there is still much he doesn't known about his character, Finn. Here's what the actor had to say, sharing a theory he heard from one of the Star Wars prequel trilogy stars.
"I didn't know much going in. I just remember during my time screen-testing, I was like, to Daisy [Ridley], 'there's no way that our stories are so simple,' and we still don't know! So I've still got some conspiracy theories as a fan as to where Finn comes from and I'm still trying to figure that out, but I like that it's a mystery. I was at a party and someone behind me just tapped me on the shoulder and was like 'Yo, black Jedi!' I turned around and it was Samuel L. Jackson. He was like 'You're my son!'"
Both Finn and Rey's surnames have been purposefully withheld from fans, leading to speculation that they could be the offspring of previously-established characters in the Star Wars universe. Since John Boyega says he's still trying to figure out who his character is, it seems that we won't learn what his last name is in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Perhaps that information is being saved for Star Wars: Episode VIII, with Kathleen Kennedy revealing that the stars will start shooting in January. Oscar Isaac also revealed that his own Guatemalan heritage played a role in developing his character, Poe Dameron.
"After we started filming, I was talking a bit about where could Poe have been. At the very end of 'New Hope,' the medal ceremony, one of Guatemala's claims to fame is that that last shot where the ships are leaving, where you see the temples, was shot in Guatemala. For me, the fact that I was born there and that's a rebel base and I'm playing a Resistance fighter, maybe Poe was there, that's where he's from, and then this comic book comes out in 'Shattered Empire' where Poe's parents ended up going to Yavin 4 and making sweet love. So that's an amazing thing, if the first time you're talking about where your character's gonna come from, ends up in a comic book ... it feels like we're creating these things together."
The Shattered Empire comic is part of the expansive series known as Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which is part of the franchise canon. We'll be sure to keep you posted as soon as more details emerge about these new characters in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. As the countdown continues to Star Wars: The Force Awakens' release on December 18, take a look at these new TV spots and a preview of Rey's character below.