In the trailers and posters, it was Finn who was about to fight Kylo Ren and it was Finn who was holding the Lightsaber. I was so confused when I saw Rey be the Force wielder.

I know they probably didn't want to spoil it, but it was also pretty misleading going into the movie.

So, why was Finn advertised as the Force wielder?

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    "I know they probably didn't want to spoil it" there's your reason right there.
    – phantom42
    Dec 23 '15 at 7:07
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    Are you saying that Finn doesn't fight Kylo Ren with a lightsaber? Did we watch the same movie? And are you certain that Finn isn't a Force user (albeit a less powerful one than Rey)?
    – aroth
    Dec 23 '15 at 7:34
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    No trailer I saw ever implied Finn was a Force user. Using a lightsaber does not a Force-user make. See General Grievous.
    – user31178
    Dec 23 '15 at 7:49
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    “In the trailers and posters, it was Finn who was about to fight Kylo Ren and it was Finn who was holding the Lightsaber.” And in the movie, he fought Kylo Ren, with a lightsaber. But hey, if you write to J.J. he might give you your money back. Dec 23 '15 at 11:58
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    This title is too spoilery. The posters and trailers don't really, only that he uses a lightsaber, which he does in the movie. Jan 4 '16 at 7:59

I won't address whether Finn is a Force user or not, as your question is about the trailer. The simple answer is because trailers are designed to generate excitement and interest, often by showing interesting scenes out of context (and out of order).

They're saying "Hey look! Doesn't this look neat? What's going on here? Watch the movie and get the whole story!"

The images you see in the trailer actually happen (Finn wields lightsaber, fights Kylo Ren) but lack the context (fights Kylo Ren poorly, gets curbstomped, Rey steps in).

Always remember, trailers often lie by implication.

  • To be fair, I wouldn't say anyone fought Ren well. And I think he at least scored a glancing blow. My impression was that previous wounds had more of an impact on that fight than anyone's level of proficiency with the Force or a lightsaber.
    – aroth
    Dec 23 '15 at 15:28
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    Why is this in a spoiler tag? There's nothing that would be a spoiler for someone clicking on a Force Awakens question Jan 3 '16 at 19:14

Trailers are notorious for being edited in a way that generates excitement and enthusiasm for the film. That entails images and dialogue often being used out of context.

Viewers often draw conclusions from that. Maybe those conclusions were intended by the filmmakers, maybe not. However, they never explicitly said that Finn was the movie's "Force Wielder."

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    Trailers are notorious for utterly spoiling the enjoyment of so many films. The SW:TFA campaign was carefully crafted to mislead and NOT spoil the film. Jan 4 '16 at 12:21

I think how the movie portrayed scenes with Finn it hints that he is a Force user, not as powerful as Rey is for some reason but I do think he is from connecting him to how he was clearly good at using the cannons in the Falcon and tie fighter like Luke except with an X-wing.

Also how Kylo noticed him after not firing the blaster.

A lot of people think that it was just that he didn't fire but I feel like Kylo could feel more than just that, especially since the scene with Snoke and Kylo about the "awakening" was before the introduction of Rey.

Rey will likely be the main focus, but I do think Finn will be more like a Jedi partner in the future.

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