12:38pm PT by Graeme McMillan
Lucasfilm Gives a Breakout 'Force Awakens' Stormtrooper His Own Name
In a galaxy far, far away, even minor Stormtroopers have their own lives — such as the guy who fought Finn with a lightsaber-resistant baton on the surface of Takodana in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Apparently, he's not only got a name of his own, he's appeared outside of The Force Awakens. Who knew?
The official Star Wars website revealed that that the Stormtrooper is actually called FN-2199 — Finn, you might remember, was originally FN-2187 — and trained with Finn in the tie-in young adult novel Star Wars: Before the Awakening by Greg Rucka. "That explains why he seems just a little extra angry upon seeing Finn during the attack on Maz’s Castle," the site adds.
The revelation follows a surprise online following growing for the character, who had been dubbed "TR-8R" by fans after his yell of "Traitor!" towards Finn before their duel, with the figure being photoshopped into a number of gifs and memes across the Internet since the movie's release last month.
The men behind FN-2199 are Liang Yang, a stunt performer who wore the armor — and performed the impressive baton twirling ahead of the fight that's proved so meme-worthy — and Skywalker Sound sound editor David Acord, who has worked on Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith, The Force Awakens and both the Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels animated series, and provides FN-2199's voice.
With background characters from The Force Awakens already being spun off into their own stories, how long will fans have to wait before FN-2199 gets his own series of adventures?