If you’ve been wondering the how and why that J.J. Abrams and company have used to come up with all these new Star Wars The Force Awakens character names, then fret no further. Abrams recently talked with Entertainment Weekly and spilled the naming beans. Don’t go looking for some deep hidden meaning or clues in the names though, there’s nothing really symbolic in these new names and certainly nothing in the realm of Darth Vader (Darth means dark and Vader is Dutch for father). How did Abrams come up with the new names?
Seems like he just found some he liked from people and things around him. Let’s look at his answers for each character discussed.
Kylo Ren, (Adam Driver) stems from the order that Kylo joined, The Knights of Ren. Does that mean that in this early picture of Kylo that he was in search of a shrubbery? He doesn’t look like he is going to use a herring to chop down that big tree…
You might be wondering what Kylo’s last name really is and that comes in when you look at the next two SWTFW characters, Finn (John Boyega) and Rey (Daisy Ridley). Neither character is listed with a surname and that was intentional according to Abrams.
I will only say about that it is completely intentional that their last names aren’t public record.
Could that be because their last names are Solo, Skywalker, or perhaps Calrissian? That would certainly change how people look at those characters before the movie hits the big screen.
What about Oscar Isaac’s character Poe Dameron? He’s that X-Wing pilot, and he was named after J.J. Abrams’ assistant Morgan Dameron. Abrams said:
There was no sort of deep reasoning behind it, and I also knew it would make Morgan blush if we named a character that. So she had this giant smile on her face.
The character’s first name Poe? That part came from his daughter’s stuffed Polar bear.
There was a kind of sweetness to, and a charm to that name.
While he planned to change the name as production progressed, something about it just stuck and Poe Dameron was kept.
General Hux, (Domhnall Gleeson) seems to have come out of a series of discussions with Abrams co-screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan.
Larry and I would walk all over the place when we were breaking the story, and we would record our conversations. We were walking through a cemetery that’s near the Bad Robot offices, and we would often, as we were talking about characters, sort of just be glancing at names to see if any of them stuck. I don’t believe that Hux came from there, but it may have.
FYI, someone checked and there are no Hux names in the county record.
Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie) was named after the scariest prop in the 1979 horror film Phantasm. The character’s shiny costume reminded Abrams of:
It reminded me of the ball in Phantasm, and I just thought, Phasma sounds really cool.
BB-8, the sphere-shaped droid owned by Poe Dameron, name came about when Abrams looked at the prop.
It was sort of how he looked to me, with the 8, obviously, and then the 2 B’s.
A lot of people thought Abrams had named the droid for his long time Producer Bryan Burk, but Abrams is said to have shot that theory down. Word is that a single tear fell down Bryan Burk’s face that day.
Well, not a lot of interesting back story on the names is there? I imagine that fans will come up with their own naming reasons once the film hits the big screen this December.