Star Wars character names revealed in the most clever way

Dec 12, 2014 at 4:28 p.m. ET
Image: Walt Disney Studios

We've finally got names to go with the new Star Wars faces, and not everyone is loving them.

First, let's talk about how absolutely cool the way in which J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm decided to reveal these character names is. The retro look of the images is reminiscent of Topps trading cards; all that's missing is a stick of powdery pink gum to chew on as we stew over the images.

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While there's no evidence that Topps will be actually be releasing trading cards for this, chances are good that if they did, the cards would be snapped up in a heartbeat. The original 1977 Star Wars movie series collection is worth a small fortune now.

But on to what these new images tell us.

Oscar Isaac is Poe Dameron

Poe Dameron

Who is Poe Dameron? Does this X-Wing fighter get his name from the notoriously macabre author Edgar Allen Poe? We want to know more, so much more, about Isaac's character, but it seems we'll have to wait.

The cool rolling droid is called BB-8


What else will we learn about this quick-moving droid? Only time will tell. For now, though, hats off to Abrams for creating a droid with instant personality.

Crossbar light-saber man is Kylo Ren

Kylo Ren

It seems obvious from the trailer that this is one of the film's villains — he's introduced as the trailer's narrator mentions the dark side awakening, and his unusual light saber is red. But other than that, much about this character remains a mystery. At least now we have a name to go with that dark shroud.

Daisy Ridley is Rey


Who is Rey? Why doesn't she have a last name yet? Is it possible that Abrams is saving her surname for a later big reveal? We have no idea, but just look at that determined face as she steers her speeder through the desert. Daisy Ridley's Rey is a woman on a mission.

John Boyega is Finn

John Boyega as Finn

Not all of the fans are responding favorably to the name Finn. It's a name more belonging to classic Americana than sci-fi adventure film. And once again we've got a character without a last name. But that's not all that's mysterious about Boyega's character. For instance, why would a Stormtrooper be on the run? Is he in disguise? We're willing to bet there's a lot more to Finn than meets the eye. Just look at this additional card:

Short Stormtrooper

Doesn't one of those Stormtroopers look a little shorter than the rest?

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Additional cards

Millenium Falcon

In case the Millennium Falcon's appearance in the trailer wasn't enough for you, you can now study it here in detail. We're not sure why Abrams decided to give it its own trading card, but then again, doesn't Abrams always try to bring mystery to his projects? The X-Wing fighters from the teaser trailer get a card too.

X-Wing Fighter

And if you're wondering if the numbers on the cards mean anything, the answer is yes. Abrams told Entertainment Weekly that the numbers on the cards are significant, but he didn't give any more detail than that. Lost fans are probably slapping their foreheads in consternation at his admission, while others will rush out to play these numbers in the lottery. Knowing Abrams' penchant for puzzles, though, we're pretty sure more clues will eventually be released.

In the meantime, we can watch the trailer for the gazillionth time in excited anticipation.

Images: Lucasfilm Ltd.