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‘Star Wars’ reveals new character names in awesome retro trading cards

Old-school cool.


Michelle Jaworski

Internet Culture

Posted on Dec 11, 2014   Updated on May 30, 2021, 12:16 am CDT

The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy went old-school when it came to revealing some new information about the new Star Wars film.

Abrams and Kennedy released the names of the new characters debuting in The Force Awakens through a series of retro cards provided to Entertainment Weekly. Each calls back to the Topps trading card company, which released five sets of collectable cards that featured characters and scenes from A New Hope back in 1977. The new cards mimic two of those five sets, with the red and blue borders.

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Although the photos on the cards don’t show any new scenes from the film—all nine cards are taken from the first The Force Awakens trailer—we get something new from the tight-lipped production: character names.

One of the big revelations isn’t in the characters name, but rather the captions. When the trailer debuted on Black Friday, some Star Wars fans speculated that the character shrouded black with a controversial lightsaber, was actually portrayed by Game of Thrones’ Gwendoline Christie. Now we know that Kylo Ren is a “he,” though we still have no idea which actor is portraying the new Sith.

That soccer ball-looking droid is not just a soccer ball anymore. The droid’s called BB-8, and it’s got a mission to complete.

Although there’s no signs of the older cast or any information regarding other new cast members, the biggest debate might come with the three human (or seemingly human) characters and their names. Oscar Isaac’s Poe Dameron gets a full name, but Finn and Rey (John Boyega and Daisy Ridley respectively) don’t even get surnames this time around. Those names are sure to rise in popularity for new parents in the next few years.

Finn’s already becoming a popular baby name, having jumped from 835 to 250 in the past 13 years, according to official Social Security Administration records (thanks in part to Adventure Time and Glee featuring characters named Finn). For now, Rey’s exclusively been part of the boy’s club and Poe doesn’t even chart in the top 1,000 names.

With Rey in particular, a lack of a last name may fuel already popular theories that she’s the daughter of Han Solo and Princess Leia. Earlier rumors that Ridley’s character had the name Kira have been squelched.

Check out the rest of the new character photos over at Entertainment Weekly.

H/T Entertainment Weekly | Photo via Oliver Hallmann/Flickr (CC BY 2.0) | Remix by Jason Reed

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*First Published: Dec 11, 2014, 7:10 pm CST