There’s been a massive tidal wave of Star Wars: The Force Awakens news over the past week between EW’s coverage and the various new TV spots and whatnot — so much for those of us who thought we wouldn’t see any new more new footage after the most recent trailer. Last night those of you who watched ABC’s Shonda Rhimes programming block got a preview full of previously unseen clips, and now we’ve got another from the U.K. that puts the spotlight on characters we haven’t seen much of before now. Check it out below.
This preview showed up on Disney XD U.K. — a similar one is reportedly set to air tonight on Disney XD in the U.S., during Girl Meets World of all things — and while the quality of this video may not be awesome, there are a few nice new bits and pieces to gawk at.
For the most part, the recent deluge of TV spots and trailers have put the focus squarely on Daisy Ridley’s Rey and John Boyega’s Finn, driving home the fact that they’re at the center of The Force Awakens. They’re still at the forefront, but this time around we actually also get to hear from both Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and the villainous General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson). It isn’t much, but it’s a start.
Though he’s been hanging around since the very first trailer, and his family figures prominently in the Shattered Empire comics, Poe Dameron hasn’t actually said anything on screen yet. Though he does scream when Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) digs into his brain, or whatever. Here, however, he says, "We’ve got company," with a grim timbre, a line that’s a callback to one of Han Solo’s from the original trilogy. It isn’t much, but while he’s always appeared to be the cocky, swaggering, heroic pilot type, these three words illustrate that even further.
As for General Hux, he doesn’t get to say much, only uttering one word, giving the order to, "Fire," but he certainly looks the part of a Star Wars bad guy. While we’ve seen him in the distance, this is also the first good look we’ve had of him in action — the rest have all been still photos.
We heard earlier that Hux and Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren, while both evil, have different approaches to their evilness, and this clip shows that. Kylo Ren definitely appears like the type of villain who likes to be on the ground, mixing it up with Rebel scum, or whatever insults the First Order hurls at its enemies. For his part, General Hux looks like he’s more the type of antagonist who sits back and calmly gives the order to blow up Alderaan or something like that. There’s surely still blood on his hands, but he doesn’t like to get them dirty. He’s more bureaucrat than brawler.
We’ll get to learn more about these two and many other new characters, as well as catch up with some returning favorites, when Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens on December 18.