Warning: This article contains both spoilers and potential spoilers.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a hotly anticipated Star Wars sequel, yet there’s still so much about the plot that fans don’t know. There have been hints here and there.
For instance, director J.J. Abrams admitted that it was his chance to answer the question, “Who is Luke Skywalker?”
“[Kathleen] Kennedy persuaded [Abrams] to helm Star Wars: The Force Awakens by asking a simple question.
‘Who is Luke Skywalker?’
Abrams, who’s 49 now but was only 11 when the original Star Wars debuted in 1977, decided he needed to know the answer, even if he had to devise it himself. ‘He said, Oh my God, I just got the chills. I’m in,’ Kennedy says. ‘I mean, it really was almost that quickly.'”
We also learned recently that baddie Kylo Ren, portrayed by Adam Driver, is operating under a name that’s not the one he was born with.
“It turns out — Kylo Ren isn’t the character’s real name. Or, at least, not the name he was born with.”
Some Star Wars fans speculate that he’s tied to the Skywalker family as Luke’s son or that he’s the offspring of Han Solo and Princess Leia.
— IGN (@IGN) August 12, 2015
It’s also possible that a simple D23 Expo Star Wars poster has provided a few vital clues about the Force Awakens story as well. Based largely on which characters made it onto the poster, we can assume they have a huge role in the events of the next Star Wars film.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens poster by Drew Struzan http://t.co/O5VnqGJ7ui pic.twitter.com/plPvpA5BUT
— Flickering Myth (@flickeringmyth) August 16, 2015
We get to see youngsters Finn, played by John Boyega, and Rey, played by Daisy Ridley. The question of Finn’s force sensitivity seems to have been answered. He is very obviously representing the light side of the Force as he wields his lightsaber. More importantly, careful observation reveals that he just might be holding the Anakin Skywalker lightsaber.
That weapon was lost in The Empire Strikes Back during Luke’s first battle against Darth Vader — along with his original hand. We know from discussion about the film that the weapon is recovered sometime during Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
If Finn is holding the Anakin Skywalker lightsaber and will wield it in the Star Wars sequel, the implications are huge. First, this was the same lightsaber that was given to a young Luke Skywalker on Tatooine by former Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi. To see it in the hands of Finn might mean that he will be “the young apprentice” in this next film. He could find himself under the mentorship of Luke Skywalker, widely anticipated to fulfill the Kenobi role in this series.
— Moviepilot (@moviepilotnews) August 15, 2015
Another interesting implication is Rey’s lack of a lightsaber-type weapon. Does this mean Rey is not Force-sensitive? Possibly, but not necessarily. It could have been that three lightsabers on a Star Wars poster like this would have felt redundant.
More important is her position between Finn and Kylo Ren. Although Rey might be a Force-sensitive character after all, her ties to either side of the force may not so blatant. Is Rey the key to the “awakening” mentioned?
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) August 12, 2015
Lastly, instead of Oscar Isaac’s character Poe Dameron, we see Han Solo at the bottom of the poster with blaster in hand. This could have been a shout-out to Harrison Ford, who surprised Star Wars fans at the recent D23 Expo. It might also have been a hint that of the returning main characters, it will be Solo with the largest role to play in the events of The Force Awakens movie.
— IGN (@IGN) August 16, 2015
Aside from the D23 Star Wars: The Force Awakens poster (which, it turns out, isn’t the official movie poster), Star Wars fans were thrilled to learn that Disney is creating a Star Wars Land.
Fans hoping for footage or a new trailer may have been disappointed; there was no new trailer released during the Expo as hoped. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is due to arrive in theaters December 18, so hopefully Disney and Lucasfilm will throw something new at Star Wars lovers before then.
A new Star Wars poster to speculate over is hardly enough!
[Image: Disney/ Lucasfilm via IGN]