J.J. Abrams talked with Entertainment Weekly about the origin Kylo Ren the main villain of Star Wars: the Force Awakens.
Kylo Ren is allied with The First Order, a remnant of the Empire that remains a fearsome threat to the galaxy and its denizens.
“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 tells EW. “[Ren] is well aware of what’s come before, and that’s very much a part of the story of the film.”
“The lightsaber is something that he built himself, and is as dangerous and as fierce and as ragged as the character,” said Abrams.
“He is a character who came to the name Kylo Ren when he joined a group called the Knights of Ren,” Abrams says.
It is rumored that Leia has a light saber in the new film and that is the that Darth Vader used. Could Kylo Ren be Kylo Solo? Is the new Star Wars a redemption tale or a fall from grace?
Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be in theaters on December 18.