By: Dominic Jones
One cast we have heard nothing about, officially, in the marketing for Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens is Max von Sydow. Sydow was part of the original cast announcement and hasn't been mentioned since. Now, his character's name in the film may have been revealed. Our friends over at MakingStarWars.net are hearing that Sydow's character is named Lor San Tekka.
I have to say, I do like this name. It has a very Star Wars-y. From the looks of it, it doesn't seem that Sydow is going to have a huge role in The Force Awakens. It is odd that we have seen/heard so little about the role a legendary actor like Sydow is playing. If you're interested in spoilers and want to know what Sydow's role is rumored to be, keep reading. If you don't like spoilers, stop reading now. This is your SPOILER ALERT!
Up until now, we had been referring to Sydow's role by its rumored codename, "The Vicar." The Vicar, aka Lor San Tekka, is believed to be the one on Jakku who gets Luke Skywalker's lightsaber after it falls from space. He then calls Poe Dameron and the resistance to come pick it up. Unfortunately the First Order also arrives on Jakku, looking for the lightsaber. Lor San Tekka gives the lightsaber to Poe before he is confronted and ultimately killed by Kylo Ren. This all happens within the first fifteen minutes of the film.
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