There aren’t many things that could upstage Comic Book Wednesday for many fans, nerds, and geeks alike. All except two powerful words – Star Wars. Today, Entertainment Weekly unveiled their upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens cover, along with a few new pieces of information regarding the upcoming film. Perhaps most excitingly, we have gotten another look at The Force Awakens villain Kylo Ren (Adam Driver). What’cha Reading have happily compiled the EW information for you to enjoy here!
While we still don’t know much about Kylo Ren, we now know a whole lot more than we did before. The character, played by This Is Where I Leave You and HBO’s Girls Adam Driver, seems like he could be one of the most prominent and interesting of new characters in the galaxy. We now know that Kylo Ren isn’t even his actual name, much like Darth Vader. “He is a character who came to the name Kylo Ren when he joined a group called the Knights of Ren.” said director J.J. Abrams.
Entertainment Weekly has revealed that “he was allied with The First Order, a remnant of the Empire that remains a fearsome threat to the galaxy and its denizens. Above, he is seen flanked by their stormtroopers, striding with intense purpose through the smoldering ruins of a once peaceful village on Jakku.”
There is one intriguing aspect of Kylo Ren that fans have yet to contemplate, especially considering it is something most of us never stopped to even give thought to – “There may be echoes of the original trilogy in him.” Kylo Ren is described as a “[Darth] Vader obsessive” and “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. [Ren] is well aware of what’s come before, and that’s very much a part of the story of the film.” said Abrams. While we contemplate Adam Driver’s Ren in the place of the Star Wars galaxy, it’s very intriguing that he might very well be an inverse of the Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) journey in A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi.
“As you see in the best of storytelling, and no doubt the best of Star Wars, these are tales in which an every person has to step up. And I think that what makes Ren so unique is that he isn’t as fully formed as when we meet a character such as Darth Vader, and I think that there are two sides to the Force. Both sides, arguably, would see themselves as the hero of their story, and I think that applies here.”
Since the first teaser and subsequent trailer, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has easily grown into 2015’s most anticipated film for so many. I couldn’t be more happy with the direction Episode 7 is taking and it’s exciting to know that Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, and Peter Mayhew are returning. There are certain moments that have fans rightfully worried, such as the distinctive lightsaber Kylo Ren wields (it brings back memories of 1999’s Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace.) To clarify, many were excited with every detail regarding The Phantom Menace, such as Darth Maul and his double-bladed lightsaber. The film was significantly hyped, but proved to be a major disappointment for those long awaiting a proper Star Wars film. The worry over The Force Awakens is justifiable and no fan wants to get hurt, but I firmly believe the series is in good hands.
Stay tuned for more information and Star Wars: The Force Awakens