‘Star Wars’: Adam Driver Joins The Dark Side, And 6 Other ‘Force Awakens’ Secrets Revealed

So much for the mystery box!

The lid on “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has been blown wide open, thanks to new information gleaned from a Vanity Fair photo shoot. Okay, “wide open” might be overstating things, but only a little bit! We know some very cool details about the next “Star Wars” film now, not the least of which is the man beneath Kylo Ren’s mask. May the Fourth be with you indeed!

Here’s all the new information we just learned today:

Adam Driver is bad.
Not a bad actor or anything, but a bad dude. Vanity Fair confirms that Driver is the man behind the mask of Kylo Ren, the terrifying man with the cross-lightsaber seen in the first “The Force Awakens” trailer. He does not look like someone you want to (wait for it) cross.

Lupita Nyong’o goes incognito.
Chances are good you won’t recognize the Oscar-winning actor in “The Force Awakens,” because the VF shoot reveals her wearing a full-scale motion capture suit, Andy Serkis style. Looks like Lupita’s character is fully animated, in other words. An interesting use of one of the film’s most gifted actors, for sure.

Meet the Maz Runner!
Here’s something else know about Nyong’o’s character: Her name. She’s playing a pirate called Maz Kanata, and she apparently has a castle filled with “galactic travelers, smugglers, and other assorted riffraff,” as pictured above. What are Kanata’s people up to, and whose side are they on? That’s all TBD, but it’s a murderer’s row of Mos Eisley inspired ruffians for the modern day.

Poe Dameron? More like DAMN, son!
As in “DAMN he’s hot,” and DAMN that sounds lame, but DAMN it’s true. What I’m trying to say, Oscar Isaac, is that you are positively dashing as an X-Wing pilot. Please excuse my damn dumb drooling face.
more: Oscar Isaac Tells Us Actual Things About ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

Does Rey fly Solo?
Vanity Fair reveals very little about Daisy Ridley’s character, beyond a new photo featuring the character on her speeder, with J.J. Abrams and some alien extras in tow. But VF does drop an interesting read-between-the-lines tidbit: “We still don’t know her character’s last name, but fans suspect that it’s one Star Wars fans know well.” Keep those Rey Solo/Skywalker dreams alive, people…

Han Solo, so hot right now.
Abrams teases that Harrison Ford is in classic space pirate mode here in “Force Awakens.” According to the director, Ford “was excited to get back in those shoes again, which was really interesting because I thought he hadn’t been a fan. I kept hearing those rumors when I was a kid.” He adds, “There was a fire in his eyes that you see in the movie.” Chewie, are we home yet?

We’s-a think Jar-Jar’s gonna die!

Apparently, Abrams has an idea for how to kill off the world’s most hated Gungan. “I have a thought about putting Jar Jar Binks’s bones in the desert there,” he tells VF. “I’m serious! Only three people will notice, but they’ll love it.” Abrams, if you pull this off, you can screw up literally everything else about this movie and you’ll still be our “Star Wars” hero.

We will see if Abrams can make prequel haters dreams come true when “The Force Awakens” opens on December 18.