‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ Will Explore The “Humanity” Of Kylo Ren

It’s important for characters, even villains to feel human and real in films, and that’s what Star Wars star Adam Driver hopes to achieve later this year with Star Wars: Episode VIII. In a recent interview on Larry King Now, Adam Driver discussed what he’s excited to bring to the character of Kylo Ren, stating that he hopes to make the character more grounded and human in the upcoming sequel. 

“I think, this is such a general answer but you know–humanity. Even though it’s very much a blockbuster movie, and I’m aware of that, there was no taking that for granted and we were forced to be general. There were a lot of plot points that we knew were operating in the first one, that we get to explain more in the second one, to make both of them make sense.”

Driver then went on to discuss how he views the Star Wars franchise as much more than just big-budget productions, and how he wants to develop the deeper political aspects of these films.

“They do kind of feel socially active to me, and George Lucas originally, a lot Adsm of Star Wars was in response to Vietnam and a lot of what I remember talking about with [The Force Awakens director JJ Abrams] and [Episode VIII director Rian Johnson) was this idea of terrorism, and two sides kind of being morally justified to behave however they wanted to to get whatever they thought was absolutely correct.”

It’s exciting to hear that Driver wants to develop the depths of Kylo Ren’s humanity. This is a character that has shown little humanity thus far, although The Force Awakens did a great job of introducing this flawed and confused villain.

Directed by Rian Johnson Star Wars: Episode VIII  stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill. The film will land in theaters this December.

Source:  Larry King Now via IGN

Kieran McLean
Kieran McLean
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