5 Xmas Crackers in the Star Wars Teaser

I think everyone who has switched on any device that can link them to the internet has either heard of or seen the Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser by now. You may have watched it once, twice, or maybe too many times to count, attempting to note all the subtle hints the film makers were trying to give us, and that is essentially what we are about to do, successfully or unsuccessfully.

Somewhere inside this small chunk of delight, are secrets that could open up the new entry’s plot. We will discuss five possible hidden secrets that may be lurking behind the stage curtains of the teaser because, after all, it is the season to give.

So prepare to disagree – I apologise in advance.

WARNING. Do not read on if you don’t want to know ANYTHING about the upcoming Star Wars trilogy.

1. Act 1: Tatooine

The start of the new trilogy may take place on the huge sand pit that is Tatooine. The yellow planet was first seen in the original Star Wars film, A New Hope, where we first met the film’s hero Luke Skywalker.  So, it seems J.J. Abrams and fellow screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan have decided that starting the plot again on Tatooine is the right thing to do. However, unlike the start of A New Hope where we were introduced to a more peaceful Tatooine, this time it’s going to start with a bang.

Considering we saw John Boyega’s character, a stormtrooper, and the Tie fighter in the teaser, we must assume that the Imperial Army have something they’re looking for on the planet. Possibly it has something to do with Daisy Ridley’s character that looked to be either running or chasing something at the beginning of the teaser.

There have been rumours for some time that Ridley’s character is somehow connected to the original characters, possibly a relative of Leia; therefore, if Ridley is in trouble, then perhaps that is why we see Han Solo and Chewie’s Millenium Falcon flying in, possibly to try and save her.

It’s a long shot, but there were leaks a few months back from an anonymous source that said in the script that John Boyega and Daisy Ridley meet right at the start of the film as Boyega is separated from his stormtrooper squad.

But Tatooine may play a bigger role than just the start of the film because even though it was reported that shooting in Dubai (where Tatooine is imagined) only took two weeks, some sets were built at the British studios (Pinewood Studios) suggesting that something larger might be taking place on Tats.

2. Inspiration from the expanded universe?

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Around the 0:49 mark in the teaser there is a menacing figure with the much-debated red Lightsaber version 2.0.  Many people have thought that to be Luke Skywalker, because in one of the graphic novel spin-offs called Dark Empire, Skywalker briefly turns to the Dark Side. I included, wondered if this black clothed figure might indeed be Skywalker stuck in a ‘dark night of the soul’ trip. However, this rumour was quashed a week back as that character’s name was revealed as Kylo Ren. But still, the ‘Expanded Universe’ of Star Wars could still have influenced the upcoming trilogy.

Film producer/screenwriter Simon Kinberg, who’s writing one of the Star Wars spin-off movies, spoke months back about the possibility of Episode VII taking material from the EU “It’s certainly not off limits, it’s certainly inspiring.”

After all, there still is the possibility of Luke Skywalker being a darker figure in the next installment; especially as the ‘anti-hero’ is in fashion right now: it would be cool to see a darker Luke as he tries to conquer the dark side by learning it, but, subsequently is corrupted by it. Maybe Kylo Ren has ties to Skywalker – who maybe taught him the Dark Side’s ‘ways’?

3. “Brother? Is that you?”

The Star Wars universe loves a family connection: Luke Skywalker finding out Leia was his sister, Darth Vader was his father, and yes, it wasn’t the most healthy of family relationships, but it was something at least. With that in mind, the upcoming films might look to continue this trend with potentially John Boyega’s character called Finn, who is supposedly a relative of Lando Calrissian, and Daisy Ridley’s Rey is also possibly connected to Leia. But … there’s another family connection that some may have not realised yet, or they did, but thought it was too silly.

Perhaps it is silly, but if that little bot at 0:29 is really R2-D2’s brother then it is quite possible Daisy Ridley may indeed have a connection with either one of Leia, Han Solo, or Luke.

The little bot which looks like a soccer ball is called BB:8. Even though it resembles a soccer ball, its’ head looks like R2-D2’s, meaning that the bot might belong to Ridley’s character, maybe given to her by one of the original characters so it can aid her on Tatooine.

It will be interesting to see if this BB:8 will be a figure like R2-D2 and C3PO were in the other Star Wars films. One thing is for sure though, if any of the characters find themselves in a tight spot, BB:8 could certainly come in useful with getting into small spaces quickly, but having said all this, it might turn out to be an irrelevant character that blows up about ten minutes into the movie – you just never know.

4. Not one Andy Serkis, but two?

According to Jedi news Andy Serkis will play not one but two characters in the upcoming Episode VII. One of his characters was in the trailer, and it was that unusually deep and gravelly voice telling us “There has been an awakening.”

The voice over character is rumoured by Underworld to be a man who is so old he physically looks like an actual zombie raised from the dead. He is also a wise man pulling the strings from behind the scenes. At this point in time he is known as Uber; however, that is just a name given to hide the real one.

That description seems like it would have been Max Von Sydow’s type of role as his deep and sombre voice and history of playing menacing figures would have very much suited him to play a character ‘pulling the strings’, but clearly J.J. Abrams thought otherwise.

Another rumour about Uber is that he has some kind of connection with Adam Driver and Domnhall Gleeson’s characters, who both didn’t appear in the trailer.

However, Serkis’ other role in the film does connect him to someone we saw in the trailer.

His second character is a complete juxtapose from the zombie-like menace, as Serkis is rumoured by Comingsoon.net to be playing a character who belongs to a “group of unbelievably athletic and acrobatic motion capture characters.”

The ‘acrobat’ Serkis will tie in with Daisy Ridley’s backstory even though, at first, it does not seem that their characters are anything to do with each other, according to the same source.

Therefore, are Serkis’ two character connected? Who are these ‘acrobatic characters’?

Only the Star Wars cast will know, but one thing we can almost 100% count on is the fact that all these characters will link in somehow, as Serkis may be this generation’s Emperor Palpatine.

5. Star Wars: Into darkness

I know that might seem like a really bad attempt at a pun of the J.J. Abrams’ latest Star Trek film, but the title says it all: Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set to be one for the darkest entries into the series to date.

There are two reasons for this: first, The Empire Strikes Back, the darkest entry into the Star Wars series so far, which saw Han Solo incarcerated, and Luke Sykwalker losing a hand and finding out his father was Darth Vader was written by Lawrence Kasdan, who also penned the script for Episode VII. Kasdan created a more icy atmosphere in EmpireStrikes Back, both psychologically and physically with some of the film set on the ice planet Hoth. It moved the characters to realms they were not comfortable in, it tested the film’s heroes to their limits and set up the third film, Return of the Jedi, perfectly.

In effect, Kasdan could be doing the same here; introducing us to these new character and revealing their pasts while pushing them to their limits, to ultimately set everything up for Rian Johnson’s sequels.

It will be nice to see a mature sci-fi blockbuster for once, because the ones that just spout out a generic plot with characters you know are never in any type of real danger, will never provide the bums-on-edge-of-seats tension that a braver ‘out there’ version would.

The second reason is that for once we’re getting main characters in the form of a Stormtrooper (John Boyega) and a X-Wing fighter pilot (Oscar Isaac). Two of the most cannon fodder roles you could have gotten in the previous films, but Episode VII is changing the formula and giving us very human characters who are very vulnerable to the ‘higher’ forces.

It will provide plenty of tension to see these human characters try and fight back against the more ‘gifted’ characters as their survival skills and nous will have to be razor sharp.

I mean, the last thing we can hope for is a well constructed script that doesn’t boast as many plot holes like a Damon Lindelof script.  Hopefully it will give the new generation memories on the level of the ones many experienced through the late 70s and early 80s, and maybe the noughties, if Jar Jar Binks rocked your horse.

That’s it for now, but make sure you have the 1st of May in your diaries because, yes, that is the date another huge blockbuster is released: Avengers: Age of Ultron, but it is also the date where the first full trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens lands.



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