Yeah, I want some more details about that too. Not certain on the details.
So Who is Max von Sydow Playing?So let’s just get the spoiler warning out of the way right now, okay? If you’re avoiding any and all Star Wars: The Force Awakens story details, turn back right now. We’re going to start light and get heavy.
We’ve known for awhile now that Max von Sydow’s character in the new film was nicknamed “the Vicar” on set. Now, Making Star Wars claims to know the name of his actual character:
The rumor going around is that Max von Sydow plays a character named Lor San Tekka, a man in possession of information vital to the quest of finding the elusive Luke Skywalker. As an elder of a village on Jakku, Lor San Tekka is sought out by the heroic pilot Poe Dameron to find the missing Jedi’s whereabouts.
So there you go. Expect to see “Lor San Tekka” on some toy packaging sooner rather than later. You will soon be able to own a tiny plastic version of one of the best actors to have ever drawn breath.
While we’re here, let’s enter the second ring of spoilers. After all, what supposedly goes down with Lor San Tekka has been known for quite some time...
Still here? Okay. If the scuttlebutt is to be believed, Lor isn’t long for this universe. Soon after meeting Poe Dameron, his village is invaded by Kylo Ren and his First Order forces. Poe is captured and Lor refuses to give up any information to the Darth Vader-obsessed villain. So he meets the business end of that nasty, hilted lightsaber.
In other words, von Sydow’s role in the movie seems to be all about lending the early scenes in the story some necessary gravity before getting quickly dispatched. Take that as you will.