Abrams Talks Kylo Ren & First Order Origins

Wondering why Adam Driver’s villain Kylo Ren in the upcoming “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is not named Darth Ren? There’s a very good reason according to the film’s director J.J. Abrams.

Speaking with Empire, Abrams confirms that despite his vicious-looking lightsaber and origins amongst the mysterious Knight Of Ren, the character is NOT a Sith. Abrams confirms that Kylo “works under Supreme Leader Snoke, who is a powerful figure on the Dark Side of the Force.”

‘Snoke’ is a performance-captured digital character whom will be played by Andy Serkis and whose voice was overheard in the first trailer for the film. Abrams also spoke about the origins of the First Order, which aren’t exactly the Stormtroopers left behind so much as a reorganised and revitalised old enemy:

“That all came out of conversations about what would have happened if the Nazis all went to Argentina but then started working together again? What could be born of that? Could The First Order exist as a group that actually admired The Empire? Could the work of The Empire be seen as unfulfilled? And could Vader be a martyr? Could there be a need to see through what didn’t get done?”

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” opens December 18th.