‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Details Reveal Leia’s New Title, Empire Propaganda and More
Disney and Lucasfilm have been quite busy over the past week, dropping a Japanese trailer, the first official TV spot and lots of new images from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And although we’ve seen more than enough to sustain our excitement until December, there’s still so much we don’t know — like why does Han Solo have to tell Finn and Rey that “the stories” were true? And why haven’t we seen Luke in the marketing? And what’s the deal with Princess Leia these days?
The trailers for The Force Awakens have been pretty much perfect. They’ve given us a lot of compelling visual information that doesn’t make much narrative sense with how little we know of the film’s plot. If you’re satisfied with what the trailers have offered and want to maintain a bit of mystery until next month, now is your chance to turn back because EW has revealed some interesting new plot details.
In addition to releasing new photos and magazine covers from their big Star Wars-centric issue, EW has been revealing new information about The Force Awakens:
Leia Isn’t Princess Leia Anymore
Princess Leia no longer holds the title “Princess.” According to J.J. Abrams, she’s now referred to as “General,” but, he adds, “there’s a moment in the movie where a character sort of slips and calls her ‘Princess.’” We’re placing our money on Han. Carrie Fisher describes Leia as “solitary. Under a lot of pressure. Committed as ever to her cause, but I would imagine feeling somewhat defeated, tired, and pissed.”
The Empire’s Propaganda
EW also provided some intel on the First Order stormtroopers, whom John Boyega says have been raised from the time they were children to serve what’s left of the Imperial forces, and — most interestingly — have been taught to believe that Luke Skywalker is a villain who destroyed the Empire. This would explain why Finn and Rey seem to think the stories about Luke are mostly myth. Maybe the reason Luke has been absent from the film’s marketing is because he’s been forced into hiding, and perhaps it’s up to our heroes to find him.
Who Is Rey?
There’s plenty of new information about Daisy Ridley’s character, including bits about the staff she uses as a weapon and her life as an explorer / salvager. That’s actually her we saw in the opening of the second trailer, released on October 19. It’s also been revealed that Rey doesn’t know the identity of her parents, who left her on the desert planet Jakku when she was very young. Ridley says, “She’s been alone for a long time,” adding, “When something occurs when you’re 5, you know what went on but you don’t understand the reasoning. She’s hopeful for what lies ahead, whether that involves the past or not.”
It’s long been speculated that Rey could be the daughter of Leia and Han Solo, and it’s possible that abandoning Rey to protect her has led to Leia’s feelings of isolation and misery.
EW promises to deliver more intel from The Force Awakens tomorrow, with new info on Luke, Maz Kanata and more ahead of the special preview airing tomorrow night on ABC.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters on December 18.
A Complete History of Star Wars Posters