It seems that first impressions aren’t everything, even in the movies. Sinister mask, red lightsaber, spooky name, we all had this guy pegged as a Sith. But, according Star Wars The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams, Kylo Ren’s appearance isn’t all that it’s added up to be. Watch your step, you wouldn’t want to step into any Sith after the jump.
Abrams had this to say about that mysterious figure in black:
Kylo Ren is not a Sith. He works under Supreme Leader Snoke, who is a powerful figure on the Dark Side of the Force.
Apparently Snoke is the voice that narrated the first Force Awakens trailer that we gawked at last year. The character will be brought to life by none other than Planet of the Apes‘ Caesar himself, Andy Serkis.
Abrams went on to explain some background on The First Order, the group of Imperials that Snoke and the Knights of Ren have teamed up with.
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?
That sets up some interesting questions for fans and those producing all the books, comics, movies, animated series, and the rest of the myriad of Star Wars Canon source materials. At any rate, this continues to build excitement to the already extreme anticipation surrounding this flick.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens nationwide December 18th.