Star Wars: The Force Awakens villain is described as ‘Vader obsessive’
Having just appeared on the cover of Entertainment Weekly, it’s high time we all got to know Kylo Ren a little better. The Star Wars: The Force Awakens villain, played by “Girls” star Adam Driver, is described as a “Darth Vader obsessive” by EW, a comparison corroborated by director J.J. Abrams.
“The movie explains the origins of the mask and where it’s from, but the design was meant to be a nod to the Vader mask,” Abrams says. “[Ren] is well aware of what’s come before, and that’s very much a part of the story of the film.”
Fans got their first taste of Kylo Ren in the first teaser trailer for the film in which he unleashed his crossguard lightsaber, which Abrams revealed is a weapon of Ren’s own design.
“The lightsaber is something that he built himself, and is as dangerous and as fierce and as ragged as the character,” Abrams says.
The magazine and Abrams also revealed that Kylo Ren isn’t the character’s original name, but is instead a title given to him, not unlike Darth Vader.
“He is a character who came to the name Kylo Ren when he joined a group called the Knights of Ren,” Abrams says. “He is not your prototypical mustache-twirling bad guy. He is a little bit more complex than that, and it was a great joy to work with Adam Driver on this role, because he threw himself into it in a deep and remarkable way.”
Also starring Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie, Crystal Clarke, Pip Anderson, Christina Chong and Miltos Yerolemou, Star Wars: The Force Awakens will open in theaters on December 18, 2015.
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