Spoilers continue to emerge in the lead-up to the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and now fans have been introduced to several of the new planets that are set to feature in the film.
[Warning: Spoilers Ahead]
Empire magazine has been the source of several recent bits of information regarding the seventh Star Wars film, releasing details of a conversation with Mark Hamill in just the last few weeks. Their most recent issue is a Star Wars-themed affair, which includes a 3D cover and wide range of coverage of the film. One particular aspect of the magazine has caught the attention of eagle-eyed Star Wars fans, who now know the names and locations of several new planets located in a galaxy far, far away.
— Jason Ward (@MakingStarWars) November 26, 2015
During the year-long marketing campaign for The Force Awakens, fans have been introduced to several new locales. Early shots of a desert planet, which featured in the film’s first trailer, raised widespread speculation that the franchise would revisit Tatooine once again, though that planet was later revealed to be Jakku (the site of a decisive battle between the forces of the Empire and the Rebel Alliance/ New Republic in the wake of Endor). Subsequent previews for the film revealed a forested world as well as a snow-covered planet (now known to be the Starkiller Base), and now the names of some of those worlds have been revealed.
The newest issue of Empire features a Lucasfilm star map, upon which the locations of three new worlds are detailed. These planets are designated as Takodana, D’Qar, and Hosnian Prime, and they join already familiar locales such as Endor, Naboo, and the aforementioned Tatooine in the grander tapestry of the Star Wars universe.
Little is known about each of these planets, yet some minor facts/spoilers regarding several of them have come to light in recent months. Takodana has been referenced before by LEGO’s tie-in kits for The Force Awakens, leading Star Wars fans to believe that the otherwise-unknown planet will be the site of a major battle during the course of the film. Rumors have emerged surrounding D’Qar as well, identifying it as the site of a resistance base. Based on these facts alone, either one of these planets could be the verdant, forested world seen in the most recent trailers, upon which the First Order and the resistance engage in a stunning aerial battle. Hosnian Prime, meanwhile, is something of a complete mystery.
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— NME (@NME) November 27, 2015
The Starkiller Base is also featured on the map, revealing its origin in the “Unknown Regions.” Early footage from the film, as well as a Vanity Fair photo spread that appeared over the summer, revealed a snow-covered world would be present in The Force Awakens, leading fans to speculate that some of the action would take place on Hoth. Thanks to the release of the film’s official poster, we now know that this planet is actually the Starkiller Base, the First Order’s newest and most powerful superweapon. Director J.J. Abrams even went so far as to confirm the existence of the base, revealing that Starkiller (named after Luke Skywalker’s original name in the early drafts of Star Wars) functions as the command center of the First Order’s operations, as EW reports.
In the grand scheme of the film, the names of these planets may be minor spoilers at best. In just a few weeks, however, they will form the backdrop for the newest chapter in the Star Wars saga, as The Force Awakens takes fans to unknown planets in a far away galaxy once again.