Unlike Vader, Kylo Ren Is Not A “Darth”

JJ Abrams Dishes On New Villain

From the moment everyone laid eyes on the first The Force Awakens teaser trailer, fans have been speculating about Kylo Ren who seemed to be Darth Vader’s heir apparent.

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Recently, Empire’s James Dyer caught up with JJ Abrams, director of the space opera’s latest installment.

“Kylo Ren is not a Sith,” confirms JJ Abrams in the new issue of Empire. “He works under Supreme Leader Snoke, who is a powerful figure on the Dark Side of the Force.”

If there is any character more shadowy and mysterious than Kylo Ren it is Snoke. Very little is known about him except that he seems to be pulling the strings much the same way as Palpatine did in the previous six Star Wars films and that he is performance-captured digital character played by the famed Andy Serkis.

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So it can be assumed that Supreme Leader Snoke and Kylo Ren are at the top of the First Order food chain but what exactly is the First Order and what relation does it have to the Galactic Empire?

“That all came out of conversations about what would have happened if the Nazis all went to Argentina but then started working together again?’” Abrams reveals. “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?”

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For James Dyer’s entire article, visit EmpireOnline.com.