We know the names of many of the main characters in Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Rylo Ken. Poe Dameron. Finn. Rey. BB8. But who is Domnhall Gleeson playing? The character hasn't even popped up in so much as a photo or a trailer snippet.
The folks at Making Star Wars - who have some excellent sources, and whose information has in the past matched up with what I've heard - think they know. And if they're right, it's possible that the character's identity is a spoiler.
Read on at your own risk.
According to the site, Gleeson is playing Luke Skywalker's son... who is also an Imperial commander who sends Gwendoline Christie to hunt down rogue trooper Finn. So is he a good guy or a bad guy? Says the site:
The implications of Gleeson’s actions are supposedly huge in the film. He began this mission before his father went missing. When he succeeds in ending the Intergalactic Cold War by stopping the weapons of galaxy wide destruction he doesn’t anticipate the immediate consequences. The cost? He opens up a new front and the war turns hot as there is nothing to keep the peace with mutually assured destruction no longer on the table. The real war then begins and the fight for the control of planets and territory begins, causing a conflict the storytellers hope will lead to countless Star Wars tales for years to come.
It seems like the character is someone who at the very least considers himself a good guy, but whose actions have led to significant conflict. This fits in with all of what I've heard about the film's morality and especially about Luke Skywalker's role - the idea that everything isn't black and white, as the Original Trilogy, taught, and that sometimes you have to do the wrong thing for the right reasons.
Everybody pretty much guessed that Gleeson is playing Luke's son - I mean, look at the dude - but this bit of character background from Making Star Wars implies he's going to be more than just a daddy's boy Jedi-in-training - another reason why I'm getting really excited about Star Wars: The Force Awakens.