Along with their torrent of new images from the upcoming “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” Entertainment Weekly also spoke with director J.J. Abrams about the characters in the film and the origins and meaning behind their names.
The director gave a lot of information about how these character names came about, some of that information revealing key details–such as how Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren actually “came to” that name after joining the Knights of Ren–while others warmed hearts, like Poe Dameron’s first name possibly feeling right because of Abrams’ daughter’s stuffed polar bear named Po’. However, the most interesting and curious tidbit came when Abrams discussed John Boyega’s Finn and Daisy Ridley’s Rey and why their last name has not yet been revealed. Turns out, there’s a reason, and when EW asked if their last names might actually be ones fans already know, Abrams said that theory was getting warm.
“I will only say about that that it is completely intentional that their last names aren’t public record,” Abrams told EW in classic mysterious fashion.
There’s certainly a lot of theories to throw around here. In the trailer to the film, we hear Luke explaining to someone that the Force was strong in his family–maybe he’s telling this to someone unaware they are also a member of that family. Maybe their last names are Calrissian and Solo. Then again, maybe it’s Smith and Harrison. This early, there’s no way to know. All we do know, is that we’ll find out for sure when “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” arrives in theaters December 18, 2015.
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