UPDATE! The Identity of the Actor Narrating The Force Awakens Trailer (Plus Character Details).

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past day or so, you probably know about the brand-spanking-new trailer for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. If you’ve watched that, one of the many questions running through your head will probably be “Just who was that speaking over the trailer about ‘an Awakening’ in the Force?” While some might have taken guesses at it (Benedict Cumberbatch and Max Von Sydow being somewhat common choices for speculation), we’ve got the answer right after the jump.


The voice belongs to none other than Andy Serkis. While the voice reminiscent of Caesar from the rebooted Planet Of The Apes series might have been a dead giveaway to some, others thought it sounded more baritone and guttural than anything Serkis had worked on previously – hence the belief that it could be Cumberbatch taking a crack at a role for Star Wars. Nonetheless, we’ve got confirmation from HitFix that Andy Serkis is the droid you’re looking for.



For the record, that is Andy Serkis you hear in the trailer. I was able to verify this, although I was not able to uncover any further information about the role he plays. Here’s what I do know, though. He’s playing a pivotal role in the film, although he will not have a lot of screen time.

Look, I understand why there was some debate about the voice-over today. We’ve never really heard that voice come out of Serkis before. By now, though, one of the things we know about him is that he vanishes into roles, and it sounds like he’s going to be doing something very different again this time.

But they’re not hiding Cumberbatch from you, folks. While they haven’t told us much about the characters, Disney and Lucasfilm were pretty up front about the cast before they started production.

While there is some speculation that there could be two voices in the trailer (based on some subtle differences in the first and second statements), for now the evidence suggests that it’s Serkis speaking throughout the whole trailer. It’s also our first sign of what role the actor will play for the movie, given that he hasn’t been spotted on the sets and he (like the rest of the cast) has been quiet about his role.



But that’s not all we’ve heard about the actor – Jedi News not only supported this story with their own sources, but brought up some more interesting info into the fray:

Those same sources have also told us that Serkis will be playing more than one role in The Force Awakens.

One of those roles is, as expected, motion capture based – and in that role he will be part of a “group of unbelievably athletic and acrobatic motion capture characters.” Also bringing those characters to life is parkour expect Pip Anderson [sic], and “whom I [the source] believe to be Crystal Clarke.”

The second role for Serkis sees him take on a “pivotal role in the first act story arc that entwines with Daisy Ridley’s backstory,” and that role “may have more to it than it seems in the first instance.”

Whether this “first act” refers to the first 30-40 minutes of The Force Awakens or the entire movie in relation to the overarching story of the Sequel Trilogy remains to be seen, but it’s interesting to hear that Serkis is going to have a motion-capture role and one that won’t require post-production. It’s also interesting to hear that Andersen and Clarke, both of whom were announced to be a part of the cast at the same time, are playing similar roles to Serkis’s first. Nonetheless, it sounds like this second role is going to be one that drives the story for the Sequel Trilogy forward, and Serkis can prove he can make the most of a few minutes of precious screentime.




We now have confirmation from Andy Serkis himself according to a brief interview with Empire that he was the one narrating the trailer. He even joked that he thought Benedict Cumberbatch was a little busy right now (rumors of taking on the role of Doctor Strange in future Marvel movies notwithstanding), but he declined to say anything about his own role.

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166 thoughts on “UPDATE! The Identity of the Actor Narrating The Force Awakens Trailer (Plus Character Details).

  • November 30, 2014 at 12:13 am

    This is going to sound insane… but… could he be playing Darth Plaguis?

    • November 30, 2014 at 12:23 am

      That would be awesome!

    • November 30, 2014 at 12:36 am

      Not at all.

      Clue 1: with no doubt that’s the voice of a villain

      Clue 2: It’s not the warrior we see in the teaser, Andy Serkis has different constitution

      Clue 3: For a long time there was the rumored title “the ancient fear”, and the outfit and saber’s blade of the warrior look pretty old. What if they decided to change the title just to make things less evident?

      Clue 4: What better idea to give coherence to all nine movies if the story Palpatine tells Anakin at the final installment of the first trilogy is actually a planting for the third one?

      Clue 5: The novel Darth Plagueis, with a very rare involvement of Lucas, who generally didn’t participate on the EU.

      Clue 7: From Palpatine: ” To cheat death is the power only ONE has achieved but, if we work together I know we can discover the secret.”

      Clue 8:


      If you have seen the leaked concept art of the warrior we see in the teaser, I think we can confirm that’s Raven. If Raven is back, would be stupid not to take advantadge of the “ancient fear” concept so that we get Plagueis back 🙂

      • November 30, 2014 at 1:41 am

        I personally don’t think it’s Revan (putting him and Plagueis together would be too much of a rehash), but other than that I agree with everything here.

        • November 30, 2014 at 1:52 am

          He’s not Revan, that much is certain. I feel like I might have read a rumor that in addition to Darth Vader’s mask, the villain that we saw in the trailer also has possession of the masks worn by Darth Bane and Darth Revan.

          • November 30, 2014 at 1:57 am

            Throw in Nihlus’ mask, and Darth Baras’ mask and I will be on board with this.

          • November 30, 2014 at 3:20 am

            this has been verified

          • November 30, 2014 at 3:25 am

            I like that theory, gives the movie more originality and introduces a totally new villain.

          • November 30, 2014 at 4:07 am

            You know who else collects masks and helmets… Ezra.

          • November 30, 2014 at 7:31 am

            I did read somewhere that Disney has confirmed that The Force Awakens will have story lines that tie into Rebels. I wonder if we’ll see Ezra turn the to dark side after the inquisitor kills Kanan.

          • November 30, 2014 at 9:15 am

            Marc Camel, that’s a very interesting point!

            For those who haven’t seen it, this is the leaked art I was talking about : http://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s–7WS0z0h1–/iolijb1ypevufxxh3j4h.jpg

            And this is a photo of Revan http://walls4joy.com/walls/people/darth-malak-darth-revan-sith-8306-1680×1088.jpg

            Now, what about Adam Driver seen on set as a rebel-like pilot? http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-nu4vEbJvitY/VBX6gQksC5I/AAAAAAAAxUM/JXCO2Oks8EA/s1600/Greenham-Commons-381.jpg

            IMHO Three options:

            – He’s a rebel and becomes a dark sider (this will tie with the theories that Driver is a paralel to Jacen Solo in the EU)

            – He’s not playing the bad guy at all

            – Abrams did it again: knowing some photos were leaked from that set, why not to put a rebel suit to driver and pic a photo from distance just to drive fans to the wrong direction?

            In the other hand, talking about the age, Driver is very young to play Ezra at that period. If he does so, he should be always behind the mask or have an unrecognizable face, which leads to think that the Revan-like character is actually the same we see in the leaked art holding a very well known helmet a la Hamlet.

          • November 30, 2014 at 3:45 pm

            hes also the wrong colour to be ezra

          • December 1, 2014 at 3:13 am

            Depending on how deep he has dabbled with the dark side, he would probably be more or less pale, milky white.

          • November 30, 2014 at 12:28 pm

            Ezra likes to take things that are not his.

          • December 1, 2014 at 3:11 am

            I think you’re on to something here. Looking at it now, they do bear at least a passing resemblance to one another. Especially in the bridge of the nose. They’ve taken special care in reinforcing the “helmet collecting” point in Rebels as well, it having appeared in no less than three episodes thus far.

            The “fall from grace” is the one of the central themes in the star wars ethos after all.

            Maybe Ezra becomes disillusioned by the fact that the post Empire galaxy he was promised, the one he fought for and watched his Master and all his friends die for, never came to be.

            I’m too lazy to think out the timeline to see how old Driver would need to be able to look. But burn marks and scarring could solve that anyways. Not to mention the aforementioned affinity for masks.

            It makes perfect sense, at least it does in my idiot brain.

          • December 1, 2014 at 10:48 pm

            Why I do adore the speculation and the theory, Ezra would be pushing 50 when the events of TFA take place. LOVE the idea but it would destroy continuity

          • December 2, 2014 at 8:22 am

            Not if he was the masked grave robber but NOT played by Adam Driver 🙂

          • November 30, 2014 at 6:18 pm

            He’s also called “The Tomb Robber” in production He has all the memories, everything. (sith lords masks), he’s the only one who can cheat death. He’s Palpatine’s Master.

            Maybe this is a moral question for Luke because he couldn’t save his father and turn him to the light side and beat this guy, but after all Anakin says to his son at his eyes “You were right” there was good in Anakin after all, Luke sensed it. Now without him how he could stop this horrible ancient new fear that is hunting the galaxy down because it has awaken? Now that Luke is the last Jedi how could be able to beat this guy???

        • November 30, 2014 at 3:30 am

          What if it’s Plagueis but they have stolen revan’s look because, well because he looks cool as fuck and he’s not canon anymore.

      • November 30, 2014 at 4:12 pm

        BTW what happened to clue N°6? xD

      • December 1, 2014 at 1:49 am

        Plagueis uses his cheat death power to resurrect an “Ancient Fear” Darth Revan to do his bidding

      • December 1, 2014 at 3:59 pm

        It is possible that this “grave robber” is only a small piece in the grand scheme, much like Maul in TPM. He could be attempting to revive an ancient power using Plagueis’ technique.

      • December 3, 2014 at 7:55 am

        Von Snydow is Darth Plagueis

    • November 30, 2014 at 1:37 am

      That was my first thought as well. Glad to know I’m not insane.

    • November 30, 2014 at 2:22 am

      I think its rather obvious. Most of the ‘spoilers’ suggest there will be flashbacks. And if there is one Sith who would survive, it would be Plagueis

    • November 30, 2014 at 3:15 am

      i was able to verify this..

    • November 30, 2014 at 6:08 pm

      Not insane at all brother,

    • December 2, 2014 at 7:40 am

      I said the same thing and they called me insane! Insaaaaaaane! Sorry the Andy Serkis talk made me over dramatic. To me Plagueis makes the most sense. You can tell that Disney has been in a quite precarious situation with the prequels. Anyone who knows basic movie making realizes that the script and direction was crap. Before any of you prequel fans kill me, I will say this… The story had roots but there were a ton of missed opportunities and the overuse of CGI mixed with poor direction led to a bevy of cringe inducing moments. All that aside it was a cash cow and will continue to be. So Plagueis is a way for Disney to tie some piece of canon into the sequels and kill two birds with one stone 1) Show that they are not ashamed of the prequels by using a character mentioned in them 2) Use a badass character that plays amazingly into their story that EU fans will drool over (Darth Plagueis is one of the best EU books ever)

      • December 2, 2014 at 5:24 pm

        You make a good point sir. For the guy that said that Plagueis revives Revan to do his bidings, I say it’s pretty improbable since Revan was quite rebelious even for a sith. He didn’t answer to the sith empire back in his days and even had his own sequitors culting him. But, you nerver know what Abrams is thinkg lol

    • December 9, 2014 at 9:49 pm

      Adding to the fact that I agree him playing Darth Plagueis seems very likely. I find it interesting they specifically use the word playing multiple “roles” as opposed to more than one ‘character’. Perhaps his second role with Daisy, is the common public version of Darth Plagueis (Hego Damask). Of course this is a bit of a stretch with why the Sith version would need motion capture and not the common. Who knows, I love all the speculation though.

  • November 30, 2014 at 12:19 am

    He’s playing a Nerf Herder who gets drunk and herds his nerfs into the rebel base leading to a big hullabaloo that leads to Han Solo breaking his foot off in his ass.

    Han kicks first.

  • November 30, 2014 at 12:22 am

    The voice of the awakened Darth Plagueis.

  • November 30, 2014 at 12:26 am

    Ray Park…Darth Maul is back!!!

  • November 30, 2014 at 12:34 am

    Perhaps… just perhaps…

    That cloaked figure in the snowy woods could be Serkis’s (after all, we only see the character from behind, and obscured)?

  • November 30, 2014 at 12:37 am

    Not saying you are wrong about who’s voice that is, but Entertainment Weekly is reporting that it is Adam Driver.

  • November 30, 2014 at 12:46 am

    Adam Driver is the cloaked figure in the trailer for sure. It’s his master doing the narration. Darth Plagueis – motion captured and voiced by Andy Serkis.

    • November 30, 2014 at 4:01 am

      That might be the best Idea I’ve seen yet.

    • November 30, 2014 at 9:11 pm

      Wasn’t it mentioned by Lucas that the main villain in the ST would be someone from the PT? It could be Plagueis. Or it could be Maul? What happen to Maul after the fall of the clone wars/empire?
      Also, a hope I have for the new ST….I hope this new “awaking” means we’ll be seeing more force-sensitives on both the light and dark sides as we did in the old republic…like the battle in the old republic “deceived” trailer. That would be epic. Also the sith igniting his blade in the forest kinda reminds me of the forest battle in the “Hope” trailer as well.

      • December 1, 2014 at 10:07 am

        maul would need a soccer ball to get around…

  • November 30, 2014 at 12:53 am

    Man I love those new Stormtroopers. Ahem anyway… man I loved that teaser.

    Hmm I’m having trouble staying on topic. Oh right I was going to say… man I loving everything so far.

  • November 30, 2014 at 12:55 am


    • November 30, 2014 at 1:19 am

      He’s resting, he’s had a big squark lately 😛

      • November 30, 2014 at 10:45 am

        He’s s been pineing for the fjords.

        • December 2, 2014 at 2:43 am

          That is not dead which can eternal lie,
          and with strange aeons even death may die.

    • December 4, 2014 at 12:47 am

      It makes sense. Palatine “killed” him in his sleep…and now he awakens

  • November 30, 2014 at 1:05 am

    Maybe he’s voicing the character that Daisy takes the lightsaber to.

    • November 30, 2014 at 1:29 am

      My thoughts exactly.

    • November 30, 2014 at 2:51 am

      I was also considering this. On the other hand there’s also a possibility that this voice-narrating was recorded for the trailer only, and won’t be in the film at all. Or in the film he will say these words but in a different tone.

  • November 30, 2014 at 1:09 am

    imagine that scene:

    DARTH PLAGUEIS: darth vader never told you what happened to your grandfather
    LUKE: he told me enough, he said his mother was virgin and he have no father!
    DARTH PLAGUEIS: no, that bitch aint virgin because I am his father, and i am your grandfather lol
    LUKE: what? nooooooooo here we go again!

  • November 30, 2014 at 1:09 am

    The cloaked character with the lightsaber is Gwendoline Christie IMHO.

    • November 30, 2014 at 5:30 am

      I hope not she was such an annoyance in GOT

      • November 30, 2014 at 7:54 am

        Shes great in GOT. Her fight with the hound is the best scene In the whole show

  • November 30, 2014 at 1:11 am

    Put me on the Plagueis bandwagon too! Plagueis is of the Muun species I think, and seems perfect for mo-cap representation in the film. Plus it would be a great way to tie the 3 trilogies together…

    • November 30, 2014 at 1:50 am

      I was wondering that myself….

    • December 1, 2014 at 3:58 am

      I noticed it too. They forgot to put it in the part where she speeds away though. Poor attention to detail there. It totally looks like parts from Maul’s saber.

      • December 4, 2014 at 12:52 am

        The trailer is non-linear so they may have just cut the shot of her on the bike and the shot of her speeding away together to make it LOOK like they happen immediately after one another. She could put down the weapon or something in between cuts. It might be a continuity error, I’m just saying we don’t know that for a fact yet.

    • December 2, 2014 at 5:15 pm

      It’s not a lightsaber. It’s a bounty hunter weaphon.

  • November 30, 2014 at 1:28 am

    I don’t think the voice is from the villain.

    It will be someone explaining whats up with the force/Jedi to Daisy, in terms of current events…but not a villain.

  • November 30, 2014 at 2:39 am

    Someone please verify who the Sith in the trailer is? That’s a question a lot of people is asking about too.

  • November 30, 2014 at 2:41 am

    I feel like Serkis may be playing that guy from the cantina concept art…

  • November 30, 2014 at 2:58 am

    Perhaps the first role is a rumored Felucian who is working with lightsaber crystals and the second is a Dark Side entity. Of course everyone will say Plagueis.

    More creatively, I think we get something light/dark side entity similar to the Clone Wars. You had the father, son, and daughter.

    Here maybe two brothers – a light side brother and dark side brother. The Dark Side brother is the one who tempts and successfully seduces Driver’s character.

  • November 30, 2014 at 3:00 am

    If there is flash backs of Plagueis then should Palpatine also be involved? But he’s not listed in the castings?

    • December 4, 2014 at 12:56 am

      It would be young palpatine if this was the case so he would be some unknown actor rather than Ian.

  • November 30, 2014 at 3:09 am

    I think he’s playing Gollum, who now lives on Dagobah. He inherited Yoda’s hut and personal belongings.

    • November 30, 2014 at 4:05 am

      There is nothing precious there.

  • November 30, 2014 at 4:03 am

    Also, we got no glimpse at Max Von Sydow’s character. I’m thinking he is an Imperial official of some kind who plays a role kind of like what Tarkin played in ANH.

    • November 30, 2014 at 6:16 am

      Personally, I’m hoping MvS is playing an Imperial Archeologist who hunts ancient Sith relics – kind of like how the Nazis sought “magical” artifacts. Perhaps Driver crosses his path as a kid and that’s where his obsession begins.

      I’m really keeping my fingers crossed that they go to the tombs in the Valley of the Sith, which was portrayed in the Jedi Knight (Kyle Katarn) games.

      • November 30, 2014 at 12:48 pm

        Junior Solo and the Raiders of the Lost Sith?

  • November 30, 2014 at 4:04 am

    The dark awakens..plagueis…the light awakens….luke….let the story be told!

  • November 30, 2014 at 4:10 am

    Driver is the dark dude in the forest with the ancient flaming saber. However, he’s not necessarily the baddy…yet…he is usually an x-wing pilot along with his big brother, played by Oscar Issac. But he has a panache for ancient Jedi relics, and goes about collecting them. A resurrected Palpatine — played by Sirkis; just look at the fro and the face — is behind the scenes and senses that this force sensitive Driver is a good mark for re-awakening his nefarious plans. The shot in the forest is of Driver stumbling around with one of his finds, preparing to defend himself against Luke, who’s hunting him in a crazed state ’cause he senses the “cloud of the dark side” around driver. Driver ignites the sword…as the show down begins. At the end, he’s beat up pretty bad by ol’ Luke, but survives, and thus has the cybernetic mask and hand…as he holds up his find from Endor, Vader’s Mask. Our Villain is set up for Episode 8.

  • November 30, 2014 at 5:31 am

    Just a VERY crazy tought.
    In that leaked post of this new villain we see his mask is almost identical to Darth Revan’s. Also, in other leaked concept arts we can see a bald villain with a red lightsaber (not “broadsword” however) with a mask that is similar to Darth Malgus’s.
    In the most famous of leaked concept arts we have the grave robber… With all these information one could consider that our villain could be stealing the masks of ancient sith warriors (maybe Vader’s mask being the last of them) to imitate them. If we assume that the lightsaber we saw in the trailer seams to be unstable… One could even wonder maybe his not a Sith, but wants to be like one… I don’t know if I like it, but makes sense…
    About Andy Serkis… I really would love if the voice we heard is Plagueis and, of course, if this ultra villain is played by (motion captured) Serkis. That would really binds all the trilogy of trilogies together.

  • November 30, 2014 at 7:34 am

    I have one thing to say.

    I KNEW IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • November 30, 2014 at 8:09 am

    Adam Driver is Ezra Bridger


    • November 30, 2014 at 2:10 pm

      I think Driver is too young. Ezra is quite Hispanic looking, so I think it could be Oscar Isaac.

      • November 30, 2014 at 6:30 pm

        Still to young. Ezra is the same age with Luke&Leia!

        • December 1, 2014 at 2:19 am

          not really.. just cause they share the same DATE doesnt mean they were born the same year. I know Driver is pretty young but with the little characterization they could have made him a 40-something version of Bridger

    • November 30, 2014 at 6:23 pm

      Based on appearances alone, I would not be surprised if Adam Driver plays Ezra’a (and Sabine’s?) son. And the big question in Rebels now us the identity of his parents. I think it is obviously going to have to be someone from the PT or TCW, to give the reveal any impact. I have thought perhaps Quinlan Vos, who Lucas specifically “saved” from order 66 and had a child in the now-legends comics. He also has a forthcoming canon novel featuring him and Ventress. Vos also feels “vibrations” from certain objects, which could explain the reason Ezra collects helmets and artifacts and could explain the “grave digger” artwork with the Vader helmet. All of that being said, I don’t know if that’s a big enough reveal to really “bridge” the trilogies. Unless they toss the EU comics completely and make Ezra the son of Vos and Ventress! We’ll see where the novel takes their “relationship.” Others have speculated that Ezra is a grandson of Count Dooku, based partially on younger pictures of Christopher Lee. Now that would be a game changing reveal, IMO. In any of these cases, Ezra and his son would certainly have a darkness in their family tree. And a possible reason to be obsessed with the Sith, and Vader in particular. All just speculation, but connections like this are what the story group is supposed to be making!

      • December 1, 2014 at 2:36 am

        interesting. now, hear my theory on this. 4-5 seasons into Rebels, Inquisitor is still unable to “solve” Ezra and Kaanan problem so Vader calls him off, and steps in personally. We get the series finale, with duel between Vader and the two. Obviously Kaanan is being killed by Vader, but the dark lord decides to spare Ezra, he sees a potential in his anger and the moments kids touched the dark side. Vader beats Ezra pretty badly, cutting off his arm and badly burning his face, but leaves him in agony to live. Ezra is being rescued by, say Sabine and he is hospitalzied. The doctors manage to put his body back in order but he ends up as a Cyborg pretty much liken Vader did after Mustafar. Ezra is half human-half robot, and he is very very angry. He helped to start the rebelion although his condition made it impossible for him to participate in the events of OT. He grows bitter, leaves Sabine and travels the galaxy collecting sith and jedi relics. His training was never completed (because of Kaanan’s demise), yet Vader planted in him a seed of the Dark Side (the anger towards him). Somehow he ends up on Endor, or wherever to recover Vader’s helmet. He realizes that his not very different from the man who literally destroyed him and his life and finnaly gives himself in to the dark side. Then, there is Driver – Ezra’s son. His friends with Isaacs charcter – both pilots for the Allience BUT there’s one problem: Isaacs is Solo, son of a war hero, with Skywalker blood in him and Driver/Bridger is well, son of, never fully realized jedi who was almost destroyed by Vader (Isaacs’ grandfather by the way). So there is a grudge growing between them and at some point Driver/Bridger leaves Allience (being force sensitive, but never good enough cause he’s not Skywalker) and sets out to find his dad. Ezra succumbs his son to the Dark Side lurred by the vision of taking their revenge upon Skywalkers and the “we’ll rule the galaxy together as father and son” thing Vader offered Luke back in the day and we have a villain duo, that in some ways mirrors Vader/Luke relationship but in a more twisted and obscure way. What you think?

  • November 30, 2014 at 8:18 am

    I think Luke accidentally awakens Plagueis during one of his moments of not being able to control his jedi powers. This will simultaneously create some sort of cataclysmic event on Tatooine as this is where Plagueis ‘created’ Anakin. The nexus of the force resides there for reasons yet to be revealed.

  • November 30, 2014 at 8:18 am

    I love the new light saber purely evil looking and sound
    I know there is some people who do not like it but its nice to see different versions of them. Maybe not the best looking light saber but definitely the nastiest. I really hope Plagueis is in this film. George mentioned him for a reason in Episide 3. Maybe it was part if the plan

  • November 30, 2014 at 9:51 am

    Ok so I am totally grasping at straws… but by the sound of the voice and considering the character may very well be CGI animated if the rumor proves true… I keep thinking the villain will end up being an awoken Sith Pureblood. Am I crazy?

  • November 30, 2014 at 9:55 am

    Anyone think the small trooper in the line up is boyega

    • November 30, 2014 at 10:48 pm

      Aren’t you a little short for a Stormtrooper? I was thinking the exact same thing.

    • December 1, 2014 at 7:42 pm

      Yes. I thought the same.
      I put in another comment section without seing yours. 😉

  • November 30, 2014 at 10:19 am

    What about if Driver simply collects these artifacts and they begin to change him. As each piece is charged with Sith power and the shot in the forest from the trailer is him struggling to contain the effects when he puts them on?
    If you look at the cloak in the promo shot http://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s–7WS0z0h1–/iolijb1ypevufxxh3j4h.jpg and the teaser you can see it is tattered so that could also be a relic.
    Driver can be a Solo who just doesn’t see Darth Plagueis’s reach coming and is taken over at the end of VII then battles through VIII and is redeemed at the end of IX.
    It would make sense for VII to be a slow burn like ANH so we get to meet the characters in full.

    • November 30, 2014 at 11:27 am

      I agree on this.. But I’m now feeling that the the cloak figure may be Christie.The voice-over is the key for Me.Opens questions like,”Who is the voice-over talking to? His Master or His apprentice?.

    • November 30, 2014 at 11:35 pm

      the whole “collecting” idea has one big hole – there are no sith “artefacts” spread all over the galaxy in teh first place and no amateur boy who flies here and there to collect it 🙂 read id again loud – see how obsurd it sounds??? What now – he´s supertalented and senses where all these stuff lies? Then he´s better than generations of the thousands of jedi who found shit..

  • November 30, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    It was also theorized on another star wars website that the voice could be that of Max Von Sydow.

  • November 30, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    This whole Force Awkens title has me thinking again that. There could be the Hibernation factor.
    The rule of two. And that in the PT there were many Jedi. But few Sith Lords.
    In OT one last (Jedi) by the end.
    I’m thinking about the lost 21 and the old EU
    Story of 100 hibernating Sith.
    I would love to see it unfold that Adam Diver character:
    Digs up the old Sith Relics
    Ancient teachings
    And finds info on “sleeping Sith”
    They are like vampires anyway sleeping in coffins,
    Sith Witches are like their Hounds of Hell watch dogs.
    I’m mean you got that inverted cross staring right at you.
    I would love to see “Darth Driver” unleash these Sith in the next movie coming down the ramp and lighting up like in Knight’s of the old republic trailer.
    The rule of two is like fire watch, protecting the others, but with awakened Sith there is always the Power hunger that can lead them astray

  • November 30, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    The whole Darth Plagius concept is in my opinion a bad idea. He’s only mentioned once in the PT. If JJ wants to make a fresh start with Star Wars, he’s no going to involve a sketchy character from the PT. There has been an awakening, an old evil evil reappears. Maybe Drivers charmanter Triggered the whole event and is seduced by the dark Side.

    • November 30, 2014 at 1:10 pm

      Darth Plaguis is Palpatine’s / Sidious Master, so he is the Badest of the Sith in my book if he Mastered Sidious to Anakin and Therefore a badie mentioned that we have yet to see.
      If he is still around after what Palpy said then yeah he would be the badest of the lot.
      If not he figured out the Ghost thing.
      Ezra…mmm was in a ghost ship…oh silly me getting off track!
      If Eu is Legends then we know no current baddies of this magnitude.

  • November 30, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    The trailer scene with the Sith.. Could we be seeing the Dark Lord of the Sith (whomever he is) awakening from a long slumber? I can see this scene very early in the movie. The gait of the actor, the feel of the scene reminds me of a bear awakening from hibernation.

  • November 30, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    Definitely Plagueis. It’s connects the trilogies and continues the Skywalker story. The title is also a nod to his ‘supossed’ demise in his sleep. I think he’s created another bring, maybe more and this has awakened the Force.

  • November 30, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    ^^^typos due to turbulent train journey!

  • November 30, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    Why does no one think it could be Darth Maul???? He survives the Clone Wars when Palpatine imprisoned him and is never heard from again. TCW show is Canon and it just makes sense that Maul is the main villain. Serkis is the right age to play an older Maul (considering his species ages about the same as a Wookiee).

    • November 30, 2014 at 9:32 pm

      I think it may be Maul as well.

  • November 30, 2014 at 4:18 pm


    I put this comment on this site yesterday, already, but it fits here much better. In the german version there’s a much bigger difference between the two voices, so I’m pretty sure, that’s there are two different Narrators. Have a look at it:


    • November 30, 2014 at 5:23 pm

      Yes, that seems to be two voices (and the second voice is even worse than the first). Question is, do you think Lucasfilm would specifically tell them the details needed for the voice-over casting this early on?

    • November 30, 2014 at 7:17 pm

      Dude, they’re same voice, he changed his tone in recording session. Perhaps he had more lines in original edit, but had lines removed for pacing. would explain his voice tone change.
      When was last time you said something in exact same tone as you spoke 6 minutes ago??

  • November 30, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    Could Plagueis be Jedi master Sifo Dyas who was killed around the time of TPM and ordered the clone army for palpatine? Could be a way to extend his reach over the PT.

  • November 30, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    One thing I’m a little bit concerned about is the possibility that they may be adding an awakening in the force to the plot of the movie retroactively in reaction to fans who thought the title sounded too vague and would only be good if it referred to something in the plot. I’d much rather have a tight movie with a vague irrelevant title than a movie with a lot of flabby pseudo poetic dialogue about “something happening”, “an elusive shadow taking shape” or something. I’m still TOTALLY pumped!

  • November 30, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    benedicts voice no question – most probably mo-capture character by serkis , but that is his voice

  • November 30, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    Could Serkis be doing a James Earl Jones and be voicing the villain?

    • December 5, 2014 at 9:51 am

      my theory, that is

  • November 30, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    Darth plaguis can’t be that ancient…. I think we will see a new villain

    • November 30, 2014 at 6:55 pm

      I hate to go all Voldemort on the Star Wars universe, but I thought of something while watching the Yoda arc of season 6 of TCW. When Yoda visited the Sith homeworld, he saw an altar where the Sith sacrificed Jedi. What if Adam Driver’s character is attempting to resurrect the founder of the Sith order and this requires a blood sacrifice? Seems like we could spend Episode 7 building up this “big bad” and establishing why Driver needs to be stopped. Ultimately, the heroes fail, perhaps falling into a trap or betrayed, and the blood of a powerful Jedi (Hmmm, who’s blood would be that powerful?) is spilled to raise this ancient evil. I could certainly see the Sith in the teaser being the awakened/resurrected Sith Lord. Seems kind of dark, but in a “dark fairy tale” kind if way…

  • November 30, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    If Pleaguis can’t be that ancient for the role, how you suppose is a new character? should be older than Pleaguis….

    • December 4, 2014 at 3:45 am

      We know that Plageius was palps master, but as of Legends we don’t know how ancient he is. For all we know he has been cranking out sith apprentices for countless generations.

  • November 30, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    Plaguis was palpatines master. Ancient evil awakening from a master a century old? The cross hilt style and the blade imo seems to date further back to pre republic era… But who knows ..

  • November 30, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    When does the word “sith” show up in the original movies? Who cares about that crap!? Just make a good dark side vs good Jedi. I really hated the whole sith thing and midichlorians and all of that stupid stuff. The original movies made everything more mysterious and didn’t have to explain everything. Obviously it worked better that way, and I’m hoping Abrams feels the same way. I hope we don’t hear the word “sith” once in any of the new movies. He needs to forget about the prequel movies and just concentrate on the original trilogy story. The prequels are a total failure and they are not real Star Wars movies. They suck. Let’s be honest. I loved the trailer, the lightsaber, the droid, the sounds of the imperial droid in the beginning, all of it. Notice how there was no mention of sith? Let’s keep it that way.

    • November 30, 2014 at 11:29 pm

      ooooooh how right you are!!! to recycle old stuff menas only one thing – lack of invention. NEW villains please!!!!!!!

    • December 1, 2014 at 7:37 am

      Darth Vader was referred to as a Dark Lord if the Sith in the novelization of the original Star Wars film, published in 1976. That means the term Sith predates AT-ATs, Boba Fett, Yoda, Hoth, Mon Mothma, Lando, Super Star Destroyers, etc., etc., etc. The prequels no more invented the Sith than they invented Boba Fett!

      • December 2, 2014 at 1:27 am

        Well, whoever told him to drop “sith” from the movie was a genius. The original trilogy makes everything more of a mystery to the audience, and doesn’t put all of these stupid rules and jargon into the story. It doesn’t need it. I am pretty sure the vast majority of people would agree that the original movies are the best, and should be what JJ is trying to use as a guide for the new movies which follow that story. We have the characters, we know what happened. Don’t screw this up. In fact, keep lucas away from it at this point.

  • November 30, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    Guys SERIOUSLY. The voice (both cases) is ANDY SERKIS

    • December 1, 2014 at 2:52 am

      I thought that Lucas trailer was fan made?
      I think it is a parody.

      • December 1, 2014 at 1:41 pm

        Gee, you think so? How can you tell?

        • December 2, 2014 at 3:59 am

          That video is the funniest thing I’ve seen in a long time

    • December 1, 2014 at 3:00 am

      So I called the video a parody and my post disappears?

      • December 2, 2014 at 7:22 pm

        Anybody else having posts disappear and reappear?

  • November 30, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    Reading the posts something crossed my mind – Qui-Gon learned about Force voice. Obi-Wan and Yoda learned about Force-Ghost. But where and whene did Vader/Anakin learn this????? Anyone knows???

  • November 30, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    The sith are Lumyia, flynt & asaj ventress. The voice in the trailer was jorus caboth.

  • November 30, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    My bet is that Daisy Ridley’s character is on Tatooine looking for relics of the force in order to understand her past. Among her company are those of mixed intention. They all uncover something that awakens the force creating a surge in the force sensitive.

  • November 30, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    who the villan or villans are is going to be is probably tied into star wars rebels….inquisitors..and their wasn’t just one of them. it is said that in the flash back scene with vader and carrie fisher’s daughter it shows vader with his first inquisitors. their was a buzz around pinewood studios that the villans were being refered to as jedi hunters.. so their are more than one. since luke has been in hiding the last dacade of the story it seams that they also have been laying low. it seams a deserting force sensitive storm trooper linking up with a force sensitive scavanger awaken the force and these inquisitors felt it. on another note i’ve read that it won’t be Plagius but their will be a reference to Darth Bane in this movie.

    • November 30, 2014 at 9:26 pm

      Me like.
      I also wonder if they are going to do away with the whole rule of two idea. And go back with there being more sith around the SW universe.

    • November 30, 2014 at 11:26 pm

      TO ME THE IDEA THAT THERE ARE A SECT OF INQUISITORS accidentally hiding behind a rock or a tree witnessing every single event or clash between jedi and sith or any important stuff around the galaxy is so epic stupid, that I don´t believe any second that this kind of trash will make it into the movie 🙂 just impossible.

      • December 5, 2014 at 9:57 am

        agree completely, i do

  • November 30, 2014 at 11:42 pm

    It keeps getting mentioned, but Adam Driver is not Ezra. Ezra, if alive, would be the same age or older as Han, Luke and Leia. Judging by most responses, reigning theory is the Sith is Adam. As cool as I think it’d be for it to be Gwen, pretty sure at this point it’s apparent, it’s him.

    Something that I can’t wrap my head around though (and a bit off topic), if Daisy is a Solo, why is she some junkyard scrapper on a desert planet? Finding a backstory to logically explain why Leia and Han dumped her, and possibly kept Adam, if he is a Solo, seems too far stretched.

    This is just a theory, but what if she isn’t a Solo? Obviously her background is going to play a major part in the storyline, so her lineage is important. What if she’s the illegitimate daughter of Palpatine? There were royal concubines if I remember right, no idea if he partook. Or if she’s the offspring of some royal family untied to the Skywalkers or Solos. There were a few in the EU they could have pulled inspiration from.

    Not saying that’s more likely. Seems like all arrows are pointing to her as a Solo kid. Just food for thought.

  • December 1, 2014 at 3:13 am

    Exar Kun… it has to happen!!

  • December 1, 2014 at 4:05 am

    I think it’s clear that the narrator is an inquisitor and he is speaking to a lower level dark side force user. He mentions Dark first, with a certain emphasis, then Light, but with a different emphasis. I believe that this is indeed actual dialogue from the film, and most definitely a clue to some main part of the storyline. Remember, the old cast will be present, but more or less playing secondary roles in comparison to the new trio of main heroes and villains, who will be carrying the story throughout this ST.

    • December 1, 2014 at 5:58 am

      False, they have only recently finished shooting. The film takes several months to edit. Then, ADR and voice work begins.

  • December 1, 2014 at 5:56 am

    Confirmation is not the same as Official.

    I’m sure that’s the first question Andy will be asked when he starts press junketing for The Hobbit.

  • December 1, 2014 at 8:55 am

    The strongest rumor with the most falling in place so far if you care to pay attention keeps saying the Sith master is an older student of the Emperor. Plagueis is the master of Sidious. Not the other way around.

  • December 1, 2014 at 11:06 am

    There are 2 new stories on this web site that were posted after this story above. One about the soccer ball droid. And the other about the new information to be revealed on Monday morning on ABC’s GOOD MORNING AMERICA show.

    However, when I go to the main page of this site on my PC, it does not have the 2 most recent articles.
    They only show up on my mobile device.

    Is that a problem with my PC?

    Anyone else notice a similar issue?

    • December 1, 2014 at 5:49 pm

      It happens to me too.
      I can’t read the last 2 articles in the pc.
      I can see it in the mobile.

    • December 1, 2014 at 5:54 pm

      Yes. It happens to me too.
      I can’t read the last 2 articles.
      When i refresh the page appears, but it’s not the normal proceed: Click at Home should appear.
      I also have problems with comments. It’s the second time i type a response to you. First appears, then disappears, and then appears again…

  • December 1, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    This site is like Star Wars flavoured Crack. I’m like some crazy junkie who keeps coming back for more. I literally can’t NOT look at this site each and EVERY day. What have I become????

    • December 1, 2014 at 1:46 pm

      You are what Disney refers to as guaranteed, repeated capital income

  • December 1, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    I need a fix… (sorry kids…)

  • December 1, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    If anyone is interested in the actual acting skills of Andy Serkis his Rigaud in Charles Dickens “Little Dorrit” is one of the best acting performances I ever saw

    Naturally in this silly disney holywood film he will be undervalued just as he was in Peter Js jump & run farting-joke adaptation of that fantasy novel of our beloved Oxford Prof.

    If you pair brilliant actors with mediocre teen-actor-loving directors like JJ or PJ you can’t expect them to “resuce” the whole movie.

  • December 1, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    Bridger…. play on words? bridging the trilogies maybe? just a thought?

    • December 2, 2014 at 2:26 pm

      that’s the most retarded random connection i’ve ever heard..

  • December 1, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    At the very end of the trailer we can hear another saber switcing on.
    Can we tell this Dark figure has founded what he/she was looking for?
    We will have a saber battle in that snowed forest?

    I know, i know, i have seen the trailer too many times…

  • December 1, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    Man, you’re getting way ahead of yourself. You have been officially teased by JJ.

  • December 1, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    Ok, new thought.
    Just this photo article.
    John Boyega is the one who moves the head. “He is too short to be a stormtrooper”
    We can see clearly there is a stormtrooper smaller tan the others.
    John Boyega it’s not an imperial. Just a rebel spy…

  • December 1, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    Dude that is so revan think about it the true sith emperor returns in order to stop him Luke awakens revan who knows more about him then anyone else they sith warrior with the mask is darth revan

  • December 1, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    The Sith Lord in this trailer is revan I mean there’s no such things as coincidences the sith looks like the spitting image of revan in the comics and games who knows Disney own the ip rights now they can take revan put him smack bang in episode vii and say wham bam thank you ma’am

    • December 1, 2014 at 11:14 pm

      i don’t think the person in the trailer is revan, but i do think he has revan’s mask. i bet when we get a good look at him he will have things from other sith lords.

      • December 4, 2014 at 4:49 am

        I concur. Making it the mask of an ancient sith named darth revan would be the least intrusive way to please fans of the EU without completely derailing this movie into fan-fiction. I hope we see relecs of Darth Bane, Darth Revan, and either Ruin or Exar-kun. We have SO much info on the jedi order and next to no info on the sith/Dark Jedi

  • December 2, 2014 at 4:32 am

    Why they haven’t release a POSTER !!! I don’t understand. A Poster gives you more clues about the movie and more merchandizing right away!


  • December 2, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    I’m hoping John Bortega is in some way related to Lando Calrissian, that’d be cool.
    I love everything about the new trailer, but like many I’m not a fan of the saber, we’ll wait and see what the story is with that though.

    • December 2, 2014 at 4:46 pm

      Boyega, sorry.

  • December 4, 2014 at 1:45 am

    I have to concur with @liespana. Why haven’t they released a movie poster yet??

  • December 5, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    While you’re at it, get rid of the word PADAWAN. Yoda never calls luke a padawan. Obi Wan never calls luke his padawan. Its stupid. Out of all the leaks I have heard, I am hoping that the “JJ hates the prequels and is fighting disney” is true. I am really hoping he hates the prequels, and that he fights disney and Lucas on every one of their horribly lame ideas. FORGET THE PREQUELS!! THEY NEVER EXISTED!! THESE AREN’T THE DROIDS YOU’RE LOOKING FOR.

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