“Who are you?”
Those are the first words spoken in the newly debuted promo for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And they’re appropriate words, given how the hype for Disney’s reboot of the franchise has mainly revolved around all the unanswered questions about what actually happens in this film (other than J.J. Abrams giving cool visual makeovers to things from the original trilogy, that is).
The question’s also appropriate for the first image of the trailer: a head swathed in canvas, wearing goggles, with some sort of rod slung over the shoulder. It’s not a character immediately recognizable to people who’ve obsessively tracked the drip-drop of info about Episode VII, making for a nice moment of disorientation to start things off.
The hooded figure climbs around what appears to be abandoned wreckage of a starship, and the “Who are you?” is answered by an English-accented female saying, “I’m no one.” Then we see Rey, the Daisy Ridley character who: 1) got the best real estate on the poster, 2) was recently tipped by the executive producer Kathleen Kennedy as being very important to the movie, 3) and has been described as a “scavenger” on the desert planet of Jakku. She’s with the cute sphere-and-muffin-top droid BB-8, traveling across sand dunes and then staring wistfully into the distance a la New Hope Luke. This (and the rod-like tool she holds) all makes it seem likely that she’s the hooded person in the opening shot, perhaps exploring the downed Star Destroyer revealed in the first teaser. “I’m no one” is a reply that doesn’t help answer the question of whether she has Skywalker blood, but it does perhaps give a hint about how she thinks of herself in relation to the wider universe.