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SDCC2015: First Look at Domhnall Gleeson as General Hux

Posted by Anthony Mango Saturday, July 11, 2015
Easily the most anticipated film of 2015 is Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, and while yours truly is trying to stay away from learning damn near anything about it beforehand, I'm failing miserably at that. Naturally, when I heard that Hall H at this year's San Diego Comic Con would be revealing some information, I tried to shut my eyes but checked it out anyway.

Among various different things that were spoken about, one thing stood out to me in particular: the confirmation of Domhnall Gleeson's character as General Hux, a villain who is described by Gleeson as flat-out evil.

Star Wars Episode 7 General Hux Force Awakens photos
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General Hux will be in command of the First Order and operate out of their headquarters, dubbed Starkiller Base—something many fans of the Star Wars franchise should recognize, as Luke Skywalker was originally named Luke Starkiller and the name would resurface later on as a pseudonym of Galen Marek, the protagonist of the Star Wars: The Force Unleashed video game series.

While this all sounds cool, I have to admit that it upsets me. I was really holding out hope that Gleeson would be revealed as Ben Skywalker, Luke's son. He bears a strong enough resemblance to Mark Hamill that it wasn't out of the realm of possibility, and I don't like the idea of our two protagonists being Rey and Finn, particularly if Poe Dameron is the tertiary hero. Those three don't stand out to me, but even something as simple as Luke naming his son after Obi-Wan Kenobi was an idea I've absolutely loved, so not having that be canon is disappointing.

Nevertheless, despite how many reservations I have about what I've seen so far and how afraid I am that I won't like this movie, I'm still absolutely pumped and I can't wait to see it.

What are your thoughts on General Hux? Are you sad that Gleeson isn't Ben Skywalker like I am, or are you happy we won't be seeing that character come to life on the big screen? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens will be released in theaters December 18, 2015.

Directed by: J.J. Abrams
Written by: J.J. Abrams (screenplay), Lawrence Kasdan (screenplay), George Lucas (characters)
Starring: Daisy Ridley (Rey), John Boyega (Finn), Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron), Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Carrie Fisher (Leia), Domhnall Gleeson (General Hux), Gwendoline Christie (Captain Phasma), Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), Andy Serkis (Supreme Leader Snoke), Max von Sydow, Lupita Nyong'o (Maz Kanata), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), Kenny Baker (R2-D2), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), and Harrison Ford (Han Solo)

Tony Mango is the founder, editor-in-chief, head writer and podcast host of Fanboys Anonymous as well as all other A Mango Tree branches including Smark Out Moment. He is a pundit, creative director/consultant, fiction writer and more. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.