Star Wars: The Force Awakens FINALLY reveals some new character names

At long last, we know what to officially call the new leads in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

A couple of weeks ago, we finally got our first trailer for the much-anticipated seventh live-action Star Wars film, and though the footage we saw has kept us busy speculating and debating for quite a while now, it still left us wanting more. In that trailer, we met several brand-new characters for the first time, and though we very often knew the names of the actors playing those characters, we didn't know, apart from a few whispered rumors, the names of the characters themselves. Now, all five of the characters introduced in the trailer have been named.

Today producer Kathleen Kennedy and director J.J. Abrams unveiled a series of throwback trading card mockups collecting images from the trailer, all designed to look like the classic Topps trading cards released in conjunction with the original Star Wars back in 1977, and within the captions of those cards are the names of each new character from the Force Awakens teaser. John Boyega, the sweaty, panicked man in Stormtrooper armor who appeared in the trailer's first shot, is named Finn. Daisy Ridley, the young woman who took off on a speeder bike, is named Rey. That chirping ball Droid who's become an internet meme over the past couple of weeks is BB-8. Oscar Isaac, who we saw piloting an X-Wing in formation, gets a first and a last name: Poe Dameron. And of course, the black-clad figure with the lightsaber that launched a thousand thinkpieces is also named: Kylo Ren.

Now, we don't yet know if these are the full names for each of these characters, or if any of these names might be aliases (this is a J.J. Abrams movie, after all). We also don't yet know the names for a number of other new characters who still haven't been officially revealed. For the moment, though, we can finally enjoy calling these characters by name. 

Check out all eight trading card images below. Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters December 18, 2015.

(Via EW)

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