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Some Character Names Came Easier Than Others

Lawrence Kasdan explained that the only criteria for naming the new characters were did they like it, did it feel good to say and type. Apparently the names of Rey, Finn and Poe Dameron went through many iterations but BB-8, Kylo Ren and Maz Kanata found their names very early on, with BB-8 being the only name for the new circle droid.

“A lot of names came and went, and some stuck,” said Kasdan. “I remember when we put down BB-8, it was the first and only name that droid had. Rey, Finn, and Poe went through many iterations. Kylo Ren and Maz Kanata were there very early on.”

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The Sequel Trilogy Isn’t Completely Planned

Kathleen Kennedy was asked about how the future of the franchise was planned and admitted that “We haven’t mapped out every single detail yet, but obviously everybody is talking to one another, working together, and that collaboration is going to guarantee that everybody has a say in how we move forward with this.” She went on to reveal that J.J. [Abrams] and Rian [Johnson] already talk at length.”

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John Boyega Returning for Episode VIII?

While we pretty much assumed all three of the new main characters (Rey, Finn and Poe) would be returning for the next chapter in the series, Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy seemed to hint that at very least Boyega would return. After talking about the future of the Star Wars saga (see above), Kennedy, who sat alongside Boyega, patted the actor on the back as she said “these guys are getting ready to head over in January” to film Episode VIII.

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It Took a While for Kylo Ren to Suit Up

Adam Driver revealed that it took an hour and a half to put on his Kylo Ren’s costume at the beginning of each day of filming, but by the end of the shoot the team got the wardrobe installation down to nearly 30 minutes.

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Oscar Issac Created Poe Dameron’s Backstory

After they began filming, Oscar Issac came up with a backstory for his character Poe Dameron. The actor believed that his character could have been born on Yavin IV and his parents could have been fighters in the original Rebellion. This is an idea he spoke publicly about at 2015 San Diego Comic Con  International. Lucasfilm used that and ended up revealing that backstory in the comic book miniseries Star Wars: Shattered Empire.

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We May Not Find Out Finn’s Backstory, At Least Not in This Film

When asked about the backstory for Finn, John Boyega recalled a screen test he did with his co-star Daisy Ridley where he said to her:

“There’s no way that our stories are so simple”

Boyega went on to apologize to Kathleen Kennedy who was sitting next to him but admitted:

“And we still don’t know! So I’ve still got some conspiracy theories as a fan as to where Finn comes from and I’m still trying to figure that out, but I like that it’s a mystery.”

This might also suggest that Ridley’s character’s possible heritage is also not revealed in this film. Later in the conversation Boyega mentioned he loved the fan theory that Finn is Mace Windu’s grandson and enthused about an encounter he had with Samuel L. Jackson at a party.

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