Entertainment Weekly is dropping a big fat double issue devoted to The Force Awakens this week. Your tl;dr is, along with that, EW has a new gallery of images from the new Star Wars movie — and it’s a trove of information about the next adventure in the galaxy far, far away.
Potential spoilers ahead:
- The description on this photo explains Daisy Ridley’s character Rey was dropped on the desert planet of Jakku by her parents when she was a kid, but has no idea why. We smell something suspicious brewing here considering the recent TV spot was all about family. Did the potential offspring of Han and Leia get dumped on a faraway desert planet just like Leia’s twin brother Luke did?
- The magazine suggests that Finn and Resistance fighter Poe meet before Finn abandons his First Order post as a stormtrooper, and John Boyega’s character eventually joins up with the Resistance to fight against the people he previously fought for.
- Besides adding more female roles for the good guys, it looks like Abrams has brought some gender balance to the Empire. “We had women in stormtrooper costumes in the movie,” Abrams tells EW, meaning everyone’s in the fight for both sides.
- This is our first glimpse of Rey in that badass snowy forest battle between Kylo Ren and Finn. If we remember correctly, Rey was seen in the trailer crying over what looked like a dead body, meaning Finn could very well die at the hands of Kylo in what seems like the finale of the film.
- The Empire has always conjured images of Nazis, but it looks like Abrams and co. imparted some of their political techniques into the new movie as well. Apparently the First Order indoctrinates people from their childhood onwards with anti-Resistance propaganda.
- We haven’t heard much about Leia…until now. Apparently she’ll be more battle-weary than in the other movies. Does this mean that as The Force Awakens starts she’s already beginning to doubt the Resistance?
- The description for this photo reveals that this scene involves the First Order arriving on Jakku. The fiery embers here are reminiscent of the same from the shot of who we think is Luke. Does this mean the old Jedi Luke is hiding out on the desert planet of Jakku and watching over Rey as Ben Kenobi watched over him on the desert planet of Tatooine? Does this photo also mean that Kylo Ren and the First Order have tracked Luke down?
- That staff Rey wields that was also in her individual character poster and the Comic-Con exclusive art? It’s just “a plain old staff,” as Ridley says in the photo’s description, not some crazy long lightsaber.
- On the older Han Solo, Abrams explains, “When you live a life, you’ve had loss, you’ve experienced love and family and epiphanies and tragedies and disappointments and surprises. Those things accumulate.” It seems like Abrams is pointing to Solo and Leia being separated, and the possibility that his reintroduction to the story is family-based in more ways than one.