Warning: The following article contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, so if you still haven’t seen the hugely successful blockbuster, then you probably shouldn’t read ahead.
The death of Han Solo in Star Wars: The Force Awakens shocked and saddened movie audiences across the world, especially since it came at the hands of his own son Kylo Ren, otherwise known as Ben Solo. Adam Driver, who portrayed Kylo Ren in The Force Awakens, a role he’ll reprise in The Last Jedi, has now opened up about the state of mind of his character heading into the hugely anticipated sequel, admitting that he harbors some regrets about murdering Han Solo.
“I feel like almost everyone is in that rehabilitation state [at the beginning of The Last Jedi]. You know, I don’t think that patricide is all that it’s cracked up to be. Maybe that’s where Kylo Ren is starting from. His external scar is probably as much an internal one.”
Writer and director Rian Johnson, who has replaced J.J. Abrams at the helm of the Star Wars franchise, also admitted that with The Last Jedi, he wanted to “challenge” each of the characters in the film, which he teased he has done by taking the wind out of their sails and putting obstacles in the way of their core beliefs.
“I saw it as the job of this middle chapter to challenge all of those characters — let’s see what happens if we knock the stool out from under them.”
Even before Adam Driver and Rian Johnson’s comments to Vanity Fair (via Comic Book), we’d already had a sneaky peek at Kylo Ren in Star Wars: The Last Jedi courtesy of the first full trailer for the blockbuster. It wasn’t all praise, though, as some fans took issue with the fact that Kylo Ren’s scar appears to have moved between The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, as they have moved it across his face.
Rian Johnson quickly took to Twitter to defend his decision, insisting, “It honestly looked goofy running straight up the bridge of his nose.”
There’s every chance that Rian Johnson had a hard time trying to convince Adam Driver that moving the scar was a good idea, too, as it has become quite clear that the Girls and Paterson actor takes his role as Kylo Ren incredibly seriously. During his own discussions with Vanity Fair to discuss his return as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Mark Hamill admitted that he offered to go out for lunch with the actor so that they could discuss the role. However, Adam Driver decided to refuse.
“He’s very moody and intense. I remember saying to Adam, ‘I don’t know how you work, or your technique. But, at some point, you were my nephew. I probably bounced you on my knee. I probably babysat for you. There’s that side, and now we’re both estranged from the Skywalker family. All I’m suggesting is, if you’d like, maybe we could go to lunch, we could get together and hang out.”
But while Mark Hamill couldn’t get a response out of Adam Driver during production on Star Wars: The Last Jedi, John Boyega made his own attempts to try and bond with the actor. This saw him give Adam Driver regular hugs when they were all working on the film. However Adam Driver refused to acknowledge them, and instead just stood there motionless.
“I give Adam hugs randomly, just for no reason… He just stands there. He just waits for me to be done.”
We’ll finally get to see Adam Driver in action as Kylo Ren again when Star Wars: The Last Jedi is released on December 15,
[Featured Image by Lucasfilm]