In a new interview with GQ Magazine, Adam Driver, who plays Kylo Ren in both Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi, was asked about the layers behind Ren (or Ben Solo as he was once called) and how he explores them.
But Driver did let slip one statement which has many fans speculating that he is referring to the secret origins of Rey, the hero of the latest Star Wars sequel trilogy. Below is the answer he gave to the question about the hidden layers for these new characters:
I remember the initial conversations about having things ‘skinned’, peeling away layers to evolve into other people, and the person Kylo’s pretending to be on the outside is not who he is. He’s a vulnerable kid who doesn’t know where to put his energy, but when he puts his mask on, suddenly, he’s playing a role. JJ had that idea initially and I think Rian took it to the next level.
And here’s the line which has sent many into the fervour of what or who he’s referring to:
You have, also, the hidden identity of this princess who’s hiding who she really is so she can survive and Kylo Ren and her hiding behind these artifices.
Fans out there and the GQ writers themselves have taken this to mean he is talking about Rey, meaning that Rey is really a princess of some kind, hiding her true self in order to survive, much like Kylo Ren is behind his mask.
However, the interview goes on with Driver talking about Carrie Fisher and how her passing affected him, but that is where we find a better answer to the question: who is he talking about?
Driver would more likely be referring to Princess Leia herself (now General Leia) and how she would probably be hiding the fact that her father was the most evil person in the galaxy. This idea was explored in the Star Wars prequel novel Bloodline, written by Claudia Gray, where Leia’s heritage of Darth Vader is discovered by the New Republic Senate and thus she is cast out by many as an Imperial sympathiser. Rian Johnson himself is known to have been a creative consultant to Gray on the Bloodline book, which suggests further that Johnson has put this story thread in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
The fact of the matter is that Adam Driver would definitely not be able to casually get away with dropping the true identity of Rey, which at the moment is the most closely guarded secret Lucasfilm and Disney hold. As we have seen in the recent The Last Jedi trailer, Kylo Ren and Leia have a moment of incredible tension without seeing one another, leading us to believe that their connection could be through the Force, with Leia hopefully guiding Kylo to question his choices and return to the light. So with that in mind, Driver’s comments “Kylo Ren and her hiding behind these artifices” is apt towards Kylo and Leia.
This is my own personal opinion about all this, so do you agree or disagree? Sound off in the comments below!
Written and directed by Rian Johnson, Star Wars: The Last Jedi stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern, and Benecio del Toro. Here’s the official synopsis:
Rey develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares to do battle with the First Order.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is in cinemas December 15.
The 10 Movie Trailers With The Most Views In 24 Hours, Ranked
Not all trailers are created equal. Some give away too many plot points while some don’t reveal enough. Some only earn a couple thousand views in their lifetime, while others earn up to 197 million views in just 24 hours. At this point, trailers have become an art form in themselves as they sell the movie to audiences who have thousands of different entertainment projects competing for their attention. To win the public’s attention, studios often spend big money on marketing campaigns designed to draw as many eyes onto a franchise as possible.
Heroic Hollywood has gathered the ten trailers that generated the most views in their 24 hours and ranked them from worst to best. Just because a trailer is on the top ten doesn’t mean that it’s good (the same applies for the movies mentioned in this list), it just means it succeeded in capturing the attention of the world for a moment. In the dog-eat-dog world that is the entertainment industry, if you aren’t able to generate buzz around your product months before it’s even released, then you’re doing something wrong.
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