11:35am PT by Graeme McMillan
'Star Wars' International Trailer: "Hope Is Not Lost" and Other Hints
For all the new footage unveiled in the international trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, very little new information is actually established for certain — although there's a lot in there for fans attempting to pick out all the clues about what's about to happen in a galaxy far, far away. Here are the most obvious teases.
"I Know All About Waiting"
The idea that Daisy Ridley's Rey is the daughter of Han and Leia has been rumored almost since the character was announced, but this trailer is the heaviest hint in that direction yet. Rey is waiting on Jakku for her family, which potentially connects with the second teaser trailer's scene of Han Solo (Harrison Ford) returning "home" after an absence of an undetermined time — but apparently long enough that Han seems amazed that it's actually happened. We know that Rey and Finn end up hanging out with Han and Chewie — other scenes in this trailer bear that out — but could the reason for Han's return be to rescue his daughter?
What Is BB-8's Secret?
This trailer offers the best chance to see BB-8, the droid who's bewitched fandom since its first appearance in action — and whether or not it's misdirection, there's an interesting tale being told here. BB-8 arrives on Jakku and befriends Rey, only to seemingly be hunted down by Kylo Ren and the First Order ... but why? R2-D2, in the original Star Wars, had an important message about the fate of the galaxy to pass on. Could BB-8 have a similar mission? And if so, who is the message intended for?
"I Will Fulfill Our Destiny"
Seeing this particular cut of the line that appeared in the first trailer for the movie raises some questions about Kylo Ren and his connection to Darth Vader. Questions like: Who is the "our" when he says "I will fulfill our destiny. I will finish what you started"? The visuals would suggest he's talking to Darth Vader, but that could again be misdirection (and even if it's not, what did Darth Vader start, exactly?) And while talking about misdirection, here's another question: What if the voice heard in that sequence isn't actually Kylo Ren's? Here's an entirely speculative suggestion: what if the voice is Luke Skywalker's, and he is talking to Darth Vader ... ? (Of course, Luke might be in another state entirely, but we'll get to that soon enough.)
What Happens When Kylo Ren Goes After Rey?
The most dramatic visual of the trailer is Ren confronting Rey in a forest (the same forest, perhaps, where we've seen Ren and Finn face off in night-time scenes, both armed with lightsabers). What is the outcome of this confrontation — or, for that matter, the reason for it? Rey looks panicked enough at the sight of a lightsaber that it doesn't look like she's about to fight back, but if she is the child of Han and Leia, it's hard to believe that she'd be taken without a struggle. Or, at least, some snark.
"Hope Is Not Lost Today"
Whether intentional or not — and surely, it has to be — there's a boatload of meaning to the end of the trailer, with the voiceover telling us "Hope is not lost today — it is found" as the audience sees a crying Rey, particularly because of the use of the word "hope." The first Star Wars movie had the subtitle "A New Hope," which ended up being Luke Skywalker — a character who has been missing from the trailers and posters for the movie to date. Is Rey the new Luke? Well, yes; desert wanderer who ends up embroiled in a galactic war thanks to meeting a droid? Obviously Rey is Luke. But does the suggestion that hope might have been lost mean that Luke is missing, or even dead? (Mark Hamill could still appear in the movies in the same "Force Ghost" role that Obi Wan Kenobi played in the second and third installments.) And does hope being found refer to Luke showing up again, or Rey?