New Stars Wars 7 character names announced

Meet, Finn, Rey, Poe and Kylo - but who exactly are they?

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A few weeks after the first Star Wars: the Force Awakens trailer gave us a first look at the new characters of JJ Abrams’s space opera sequel, we’ve finally learned a little more about the new people in a galaxy far, far away – specifically, their names.

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According to trading card-style summaries Abrams revealed to EW, John Boyega’s character (above) is called Finn, and is “on the run”, which makes sense given his panicked expression in the trailer. It’s still unknown whether Finn is really one of the Empire’s Stormtroopers (perhaps deserting his unit) or is just in disguise as Han and Luke were when they infiltrated the Death Star in the original Star Wars: A New Hope. Either way, looks like he’s in trouble…

We also learn that Daisy Ridley’s speeder-driving character is called Rey, though her surname is left tantalizingly unexplained – perhaps because she’s rumoured to play the daughter of Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher).

Meanwhile, Oscar Isaac’s X-Wing pilot is called Poe Dameron – notably, unlike Boyega or Ridley his character gets a surname, suggesting possible family ties their characters have which would give away plot elements, or that they possibly don’t have surnames at all for some reason.

This mysterious character has very little revealed by their full name of Kylo Ren – not even which actor is playing him (most think it’s Adam Driver, but it’s not yet been confirmed) – but it’s still great to get a look at that lightsaber.

Oh, and we also get to know the assignation for this adorable little fella, who’s called BB-8 in the same style as classic Star Wars droids R2-D2 and C-3PO.

Still no word on what roles many other confirmed actors are playing, such as Gwendoline Christie, Domnhall Gleeson, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis (though we’ve heard his voice) and Max von Sydow (also possibly Adam Driver if that’s not him as Kylo Ren), or a look at returning stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford or Carrie Fisher.

It’s going to be a long wait until this time next year to know it all…

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Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens will be released in December 2015