|Directed by||:||Ron Howard||Produced by||:||Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur||Based on||:||Characters by George Lucas||Starring||:||Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Joonas Suotamo||Cinematography||:||Bradford Young||Production company||:||Lucasfilm Ltd.|
Luke Skywalker. Kylo Ren. Qui-Gon Jinn. What do these names have in common? None of them make much linguistic sense to us earthlings, and all of them sound cool. That has been the guiding principle when it comes to naming “Star Wars” characters for a full 40 years now, leading to millions of people repeating such monikers as Grand Moff Tarkin and Baze Malbus as if they aren’t made-up gibberish.
Not that that’s a bad thing; quite the contrary: “Star Wars” has expanded into the biggest franchise of this or any other galaxy not in spite of its quirks but because of them. Still, that doesn’t mean there’s no fun to be had in taking a closer look at some of these names and raising a quizzical eyebrow — like when you repeat a word so many times it loses all meaning.