Star Wars has been making headlines again and, as is usually the case with the franchise, pop culture is buzzing with rumors of the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and the trailer that seemed to pose more questions about the new Star Wars film than it answered. Now, in a clever publicity-drawing move, the co-producer and director of the new Star Wars film, J.J. Abrams, and the president of Lucasfilms, Kathleen Kennedy, have released mock-up trading cards exclusively to Entertainment Weekly. Long-time fans of the Star Wars franchise may remember the buzz created for the original 1977 film, Star Wars: A New Hope, with the Topps trading cards. It was in this fashion that the makers of the Star Wars film revealed the names of the film’s characters.
The Topps trading card company released cards for everything from baseball to Star Wars. Collectors are familiar with the colored themes of the Star Wars cards, which consisted of 5 rounds of cards, each release differentiated by a different color with red and blue leading the collection. The imitation cards, released by Abrams and Kennedy, consisted of 3 cards from the red series and 5 cards from the blue series.
“I’m only sorry we couldn’t give everyone a stick of gum,” the Star Wars director added.
So, what are the names of these intriguing new characters to the Star Wars universe?
Remember that rolling ball-type droid we saw so briefly? His name is BB-8. Next, the trading card featuring the X-Wing fighter pilot reveals his name to be Poe Dameron and the young woman fleeing on her landspeeder has been named only as Rey. Finn was that stormtrooper that set social media abuzz. Other cards released require no explanation: the Millenium Falcon, stormtroopers preparing for battle, and X-wing fighters flying in formation.
Finally, there’s that mysterious, dark figure igniting a lightsaber that has defied the imaginations of fans around the world. Eliminating some of the mystery, his trading card reads: Kylo Ren ignites his lightsaber. Is Kylo Ren the villain? It seems probable. As Daily Mail reminds fans, red sabers are most often used by the Sith in the Star Wars realm and are representative of the dark side of the force.
Also worthy of note, particularly to those on the lookout for hidden gems, is the fact that the numbering of the mock-up trading cards does hold significance, according to J.J. Abrams, though he would not elaborate further on what the importance the numbers may hold in relation to the Star Wars film.
Fans hoping for more reveals may be disappointed. J.J. Abrams also said that those involved with the Star Wars film would not reveal too much more before the film’s December 18, 2015 release. There has yet to be any reveals concerning returning Star Wars favorites Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and, while we know that Lupita Nyong’o, Adam Driver and Domnhall Gleeson will also be appearing in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, there has been no news on what roles they might be filling.
There’s little doubt that George Lucas, himself, may not be interested in learning much more either. Earlier this month, Inquisitr reported on his feelings in regard to spoilers.