One of the most mysterious and secretive characters of this years Star Wars sequel, Star Wars: The Force Awakens (which takes place 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi) is Adam Driver’s character, Kylo Ren. You probably recognize him from the first teaser and the trailer from his unique mask, and his never before seen (and controversial) “crossguard saber.”
Kylo Ren is obviously at least one of our big baddies in the film, and from experience if they look like a Sith, and wield a red light saber… they are probably a Sith.
Or so we thought…
In the latest issue of Empire Magazine, director J.J. Abrams confirms that Kylo Ren “is not a Sith.” In fact, “he works under Supreme Leader Snoke, who is a powerful figure on the Dark Side of the Force.”
Snoke is played by performance capture legend Andy Serkis, and is as equally mysterious (if not more so) as Kylo Ren. Our only exposure to Serkis’ character are from his voiceover at the beginning of the first teaser trailer, and from this image of Serkis in his motion capture suit.
Abrams also gave some insight into the where the universe stands as well as the origins of the First Order. Here’s the full quote: