With specific roles revealed in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" for Adam Driver and Gwendoline Christie on Star Wars Day 2015 known as 'May the Fourth Be With You,' it's time to recap the roster of new-generation actors heading up the December movie.
Kylo Ren - Adam Driver
Driver's involvement as a "Star Wars" villain was outed in February 2014 with a high-profile tweet from "Girls" co-star, writer and creator Lena Dunham. November's first teaser featured a lean, menacing cloaked figure whose profile fit that of Driver, immediately linking him with the force-wielding villain Kylo Ren. Disney confirmed those suspicions through a Vanity Fair exclusive photo shoot with Annie Leibovitz revealed on May 4.
Captain Phasma - Gwendoline Christie
Clad head to toe in reflective silver armor, Phasma had already shown up in April's second teaser, asserting her status as an ass-kicking elite Stormtrooper. Known for bringing a nuanced performance to the "Game of Thrones" part of warrior knight Brienne, Christie's due a high-profile year end with "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2" joining "The Force Awakens."
Maz Kanata - Lupita Nyong'o
The role of Oscar-winning Nyong'o ("12 Years a Slave") was the third "Star Wars VII" one confirmed through Vanity Fair on Star Wars Day, her face covered in motion capture markers in one behind-the-scenes photo and pirate chief Kanata forming part of a group portrait in another.
Finn - John Boyega
Young Stormtrooper Finn appears to be at a crossroads in the first two trailers, stuck on the desert planet Jakku, offered help by another primary character, Rey, and generally overcome by events. Boyega made his film debut in sci-fi comedy "Attack the Block" and has since chalked up appearances in vampire gig "Becoming Human," special ops thriller "24: Live Another Day" and literary adaptation "Half of a Yellow Sun."
Rey - Daisy Ridley
Rey, a scavenger on the surface of Jakku, appears to be a key player in events of "The Force Awakens" and is expected to return for the other two films. Ridley's first career credit was in one of three shorts made for interactive first aid site life-saver.org.uk, followed by appearances on British TV dramas like "Casualty" and "Silent Witness."
Poe Dameron - Oscar Isaac
Representing new "Star Wars" faction The Resistance in both trailers, Poe Dameron is an X-Wing pilot in conflict with Kylo Ren and Cpt. Phasma's First Order. A recognized talent after winning a Golden Globe for critical darling "Inside Llewyn Davis," Isaac played opposite Jessica Chastain in "A Most Violent Year" and has "X-Men: Apocalypse" coming up.