Our Biggest Questions About The Force Awakens

by | November 16, 2015 | Comments


With the release of the new Star Wars TV spot, and the Japanese trailer that shares much of the same footage, we still have more questions than answers about what we’ll see when The Force Awakens hits theaters in December. Virtually every shot has generated a flury of Internet fan theories — some plausible, others not so much. We’re not going to indulge in the temptation to speculate, lest we stumble into spoiler territory, but we will share several of the big questions we have, based on what we’ve seen so far.

Question #1

Have Han and Chewie been away from the Millennium Falcon?

In the first teaser, we see shots of the Falcon flying over Jakku, but in the second teaser, we hear Han Solo say “Chewie… we’re home.”  That line, coupled with the shot that shows Han and Chewbacca with weapons drawn inside the Falcon, leads us to believe that the two scoundrels may have been away from the Falcon for a considerable period of time.  Otherwise, why would they be flashing heat on their own ship? And what could have possibly separated Han from his beloved craft?


Question #2

Why does Finn leave the First Order?

In the very first teaser, we see Finn in Stormtrooper armor, but without a helmet. In the second teaser, we see an armored but unmasked Finn looking traumatized. Was there some horrifying event that drove him from the First Order?


Question #3

Is Rey related to Han and/or Leia?  Or Luke?

There are a fair amount of clues about family across a few of the trailers.  In the second teaser, we hear Luke talking about how the force runs strong in his family.  That line is lifted out of Return of the Jedi, but we’re clearly supposed to be thinking about family in that teaser.  In the Japanese trailer, we hear Rey talking about waiting for her family, and then in that new 30-second TV spot, we also hear another character (likely Maz Kanata, played by Lupita Nyong’o) saying “I have lived long enough to see the same eyes in different people,” while cutting between Rey and Han, strongly implying some kind of familial relationship between the two characters.


Question #4

Where’s Luke Skywalker?

We’ve yet to see Mark Hamill’s face in any of the trailers.  The closest hint we’ve seen is a shot in the second teaser of a hooded figure with a mechanical right hand reaching out to R2-D2.  Luke has worn a hood as a Jedi, he’s got a mechanical hand, and he’s been seen with R2-D2, but that isn’t really proof. We’ve heard Luke’s dialogue in that same teaser, but that’s audio that has been pulled from Return of the Jedi. The Comic-Con behind-the-scenes footage is partially narrated by Mark Hamill, and we see him (out of costume) on set in that video, but that’s all we know. We don’t know why we’re not seeing Luke’s face in any of the trailers — or any of the posters, for that matter — and his absence is probably the biggest mystery around the film at this point.

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