Daisy Ridley and Greg Grunberg: Spoiler Alerts for “The Force Awakens”

June 24, 2015 – With less than six months to go before release of Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (18 December 2015), two more potential spoilers have floated our way. One is a visual set revealing three possible characters; the other is oral from an interview hinting at a character’s origins.

Spoiler Alert!


If you do not want to see any potential spoilers for The Force Awakens, stop reading at this point.

The first potential spoiler comes courtesy of a Japanese interview snippet. According to StarWarsReport.com, actress Daisy Ridley said during a podcast interview:

I’m not sure how much I can say. I guess because I’ve said that I’m solitary, and that’s how I begin, that is probably a big clue as to what it is.”

So what does that mean? Is Ridley’s cryptic use of the word “solitary” a sly reference not only to her “solo” scene at the start of Episode VII, but to her “Solo” lineage as well?

Previous rumors about her character, Rey, being the daughter of Han Solo have been circulating. Daisy Ridley’s “big clue” statement adds fuel to the rumor.

Of course, we could all be wrong and reading too much into the tea leaves. But that’s the fun nature of rumors. We love to speculate to the nth degree. We also love the sound of the potential character name: Rey Solo (or Kira Solo). Again, tea leaves….

The next spoiler is a reveal of three Rebel Alliance pilots – two of whom have been longtime fan favorites. StarWars7news.com has published what appear to be three publicity shots for The Force Awakens. In two of them, we see somewhat older versions of Admiral Ackbar and Nien Nunb, who we last saw in Return of the Jedi (1983).

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Best of all, these are not CGI renderings, but appear to be actual actors in full costume. Director J.J. Abrams stated long ago that he was going “old school” with a return to the authentic look and feel of props, models and costumes, rather than the prequels’ over-reliance on CGI. The still shots of Ackbar and Nien Nunb are consistent with that promise.

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We last saw Admiral Ackbar and Nien Nunb on the big screen 32 years ago. They were instrumental in the Rebellion’s destruction of the second Death Star in Return of the Jedi. And to this day, Ackbar’s exclamation – “It’s a trap!” – echoes across the decades.

The former Rebel Alliance will now be called the Resistance in the sequels. And helping to fight the First Order is our newest X-Wing pilot named Gorwyn.
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If the face looks familiar, that’s because you may have seen actor Greg Grunberg co-starring in the NBC television series Heroes (2006-2010), where he played the role of Matt Parkman. Grunberg (born 11 July 1966 in Los Angeles) is an American television and film actor who also has had roles on Felicity (1998-2002) as well as Lost and Alias (2001-2006). He is a childhood friend of J.J. Abrams.

Grunberg is reportedly contracted for all three Star Wars sequels, so he may become the equivalent of Wedge Antilles, the unsung hero who saves the day.

While Disney/Lucasfilm have not confirmed the existence of the three characters, the visuals above are strong clues of things to come.

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