20 Stills From Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens is scheduled for release on December 17, 2015. It is the first live-action Star Wars film to be released since 2005’s Revenge of the Sith, and will be the first in a series of films set after the events of 1983’s Return of the Jedi. Director J.J. Abrams has been secretive about the film, but Disney recently tantalized us with two short teaser trailers. They reveal a world as grimy and used as the one presented in the original trilogy, along with a few surprises.

There’s a lot of uncertainty about The Force Awakens. Will it be better than the poorly received prequel trilogy? Will it live up to the original films? Will Jar Jar Binks make his triumphant return to the silver screen? Only time will tell, but so far things are looking positive.

John Boyega as Finn

The first image we see in teaser #1 is that of John Boyega’s character, Finn. In the days following the teaser’s release, speculation abounded about Finn’s identity. Is he really a stormtrooper, or is he simply incognito à la Luke Skywalker in A New Hope? He does look a little short to be a stormtrooper, after all.

At the April 16th Force Awakens panel at Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, Boyega seemed to confirm his character was indeed an enlisted stormtrooper, much to director J.J. Abrams’ dismay.

Daisy Ridley as Rey

In a nod to the original trilogy, J.J. Abrams insisted on casting relatively unknown actors in leading rolls. Before being cast as Rey, Daisy Ridley was mostly known for playing small parts on British television shows.