7:47pm PT by Graeme McMillan
Who's That Captive? And Other 'Star Wars' Behind-the-Scenes Footage Questions
For fans looking for clues about what happens in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the behind-the-scenes reel shown at San Diego Comic-Con was filled with hints of what's to come — and more than a few new questions about what lies ahead.
Concept art of downed TIE Fighters didn't just raise questions about what battle caused the ship to crash — the same one that led to the crashed Star Destroyer seen in the last trailer for the movie, perhaps? — but also whether it's important that the TIE Fighter has a red stripe on its right side.
Is that connected with the figures with red masks seen running through a corridor at the 2:23 mark, and if so, are these a different generation of Stormtroopers?
Similarly, the shot of a Stormtrooper pulling a captive through a corridor at gunpoint obviously leads to a comparison with the sight of Stormtroopers dealing with captives in the original Star Wars, but doesn't that Stormtrooper seem to be walking unusually quickly, pulling the captive unusually emphatically...? What if it's a Stormtrooper in disguise, referencing another moment from the original movie? (My guess: it's John Boyega's character, leading a companion in undercover. Of course, I've been massively wrong before...)
The sight of a Stormtrooper with flamethrower was similarly mysterious; what is he shooting at and why? (It appears to be a nondescript object in the behind-the-scenes footage, but there's no way of knowing what will be there in the finished movie. Nevertheless, just the idea of a Stormtrooper with a flamethrower seems more of a step up in threat than the usual ones with blasters, somehow.
Most importantly of all is the question of how Daisy Ridley's character Rey ends up onboard the Millennium Falcon; she's seen briefly sitting alongside Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) in the cockpit of the classic ship, as well as seemingly piloting it herself in one long-distance shot. Does this confirm the longstanding rumor that she plays Solo's daughter in the movie?
While the Star Wars panel didn't offer new finished footage from the movie, what did get shown was enough to get fans asking questions until the release of the next trailer — which might arrive as quickly as next month's D23 convention in Anaheim. May the speculation be with you.