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New The Force Awakens pic puts you face to lightsaber with Kylo Ren

08.24.2015

We certainly can't get enough STAR WARS these days, that's for sure... not as the time frame between now and THE FORCE AWAKENS' release date - December 18 - keeps shrinking day by day. We want to know everything and yet nothing at all, which is why we can't help but stare at every last image that comes our way from J.J. Abrams' film, wondering about the new possibilities, speculating on what every little piece of it means and how it all fits into the greater saga and... Well, there I go again, doing it myself.

It makes today no different, as we've got another image of Kylo Ren, exclusively from the good folks at Empire, to pour over, marveling in his mystique, starting up fresh debates over that lightsaber again and wondering just what business Adam Driver has beneath that cloak and mask.

You know you're about the start asking the same questions, too... so start your engines. Here's the fresh meat on which to feast:

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Remember... STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS arrives in theaters on December 18, but I'm guessing you didn't really need me to remind you of that one twice. It's been on your calendar in pen for months.

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5:14AM on 08/25/2015
The movie will establish just how evil he is by showing him ruthlessly slicing up some Ewoks. This will backfire, of course, because audiences will probably cheer.
The movie will establish just how evil he is by showing him ruthlessly slicing up some Ewoks. This will backfire, of course, because audiences will probably cheer.
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6:29PM on 08/24/2015
Cool. I wonder if Driver keeps his mask on the entire film, and if he uses his actual voice. It's hard to imagine his real voice being used.
Cool. I wonder if Driver keeps his mask on the entire film, and if he uses his actual voice. It's hard to imagine his real voice being used.
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7:00PM on 08/24/2015
I suspect he's using his voice. It's not like Ray Park or David Prowse; Adam Driver's too big a name to get overdubbed.
I suspect he's using his voice. It's not like Ray Park or David Prowse; Adam Driver's too big a name to get overdubbed.
7:44PM on 08/24/2015
Is he that big of a name? He's had a few supporting roles in small films and 1 show. I didn't know who he was until I heard he was joining Star Wars. Although it makes you wonder why he chose the role if his face will always be covered and have your voice dubbed.
Is he that big of a name? He's had a few supporting roles in small films and 1 show. I didn't know who he was until I heard he was joining Star Wars. Although it makes you wonder why he chose the role if his face will always be covered and have your voice dubbed.
8:58PM on 08/24/2015
Driver's a face actor, so expect him to open his mask at least a few times during the movie.
Driver's a face actor, so expect him to open his mask at least a few times during the movie.
5:39PM on 08/24/2015
So have we figured out the lightsaber yet?
So have we figured out the lightsaber yet?
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7:16PM on 08/24/2015
From what I understand, Kylo Ren made it himself, and he didn't do the greatest job. I wonder if there's a Chekhov's Lightsaber in there ...
From what I understand, Kylo Ren made it himself, and he didn't do the greatest job. I wonder if there's a Chekhov's Lightsaber in there ...
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5:35PM on 08/24/2015

Wrapped Up

I love it. I really dig how his arms are wrapped up, like an Egyptian warrior (or mummy). Hope he's wearing the mask more than he's wearing Adam Driver's face in the film, though I'd be hard pressed to tell you which one is more frightening.
I love it. I really dig how his arms are wrapped up, like an Egyptian warrior (or mummy). Hope he's wearing the mask more than he's wearing Adam Driver's face in the film, though I'd be hard pressed to tell you which one is more frightening.
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4:59PM on 08/24/2015
The mask is just too derivative of Darth Vader. It reminds me of all the Star Wars knock-off toys in the 70s and 80s. It's too bad they couldn't some up with something original and dynamic.
The mask is just too derivative of Darth Vader. It reminds me of all the Star Wars knock-off toys in the 70s and 80s. It's too bad they couldn't some up with something original and dynamic.
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6:57PM on 08/24/2015
... but that's the point. Kylo Ren is supposed to be an Empire fanatic who is obsessesed with Darth Vadar.
... but that's the point. Kylo Ren is supposed to be an Empire fanatic who is obsessesed with Darth Vadar.
7:50PM on 08/24/2015
That is a good point.


But I guess I'd rather have an original villain than a Vader obsessed villain.

It seems too much like an excuse to bring back a Vader-esque villain and the Empire. Really bad fan fic kind of stuff.

But I could be pleasantly surprised.
That is a good point.


But I guess I'd rather have an original villain than a Vader obsessed villain.

It seems too much like an excuse to bring back a Vader-esque villain and the Empire. Really bad fan fic kind of stuff.

But I could be pleasantly surprised.
8:04PM on 08/24/2015
Agreed. I'm definitely staying openminded but I'd rather the new trilogy tackle a fresh story that didn't rely on old plot points like Vadar.

That being said, if the writers decide to have Luke follow his father's footsteps and turn into the trilogy's main villain, I would actually find that pretty entertaining.
Agreed. I'm definitely staying openminded but I'd rather the new trilogy tackle a fresh story that didn't rely on old plot points like Vadar.

That being said, if the writers decide to have Luke follow his father's footsteps and turn into the trilogy's main villain, I would actually find that pretty entertaining.
3:43PM on 08/24/2015
Abrams, you're such a tease.
Can't wait for this
Abrams, you're such a tease.
Can't wait for this
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3:38PM on 08/24/2015
I hope Kylo Ren will actually be used as the main villain over the course of this new trilogy, kind of like Darth Vader in the OT. I felt one of the many bad things about the PT, was the lack of a consistent villain for the good guys to go up against. I know the Emperor was the main baddie, but they rarely if ever went up against him in a fight.
I hope Kylo Ren will actually be used as the main villain over the course of this new trilogy, kind of like Darth Vader in the OT. I felt one of the many bad things about the PT, was the lack of a consistent villain for the good guys to go up against. I know the Emperor was the main baddie, but they rarely if ever went up against him in a fight.
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3:33PM on 08/24/2015
His mask reminds me most of Revan's honestly from the old republic universe. [link]
His mask reminds me most of Revan's honestly from the old republic universe. [link]
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5:02PM on 08/24/2015
It looks just like it. Revan was the first thing I thought of the first time I saw Kylo Ren. But I'm perfectly fine it because it looks cool and also I always wanted KOTOR to be made into a movie. It has such an awesomee story.
It looks just like it. Revan was the first thing I thought of the first time I saw Kylo Ren. But I'm perfectly fine it because it looks cool and also I always wanted KOTOR to be made into a movie. It has such an awesomee story.
3:22PM on 08/24/2015
That looks fantastic. I like how Ren's mask is a subtle nod to Darth Vader's mask. 4 more months .........
That looks fantastic. I like how Ren's mask is a subtle nod to Darth Vader's mask. 4 more months .........
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3:13PM on 08/24/2015

Willing to bet

That's Endor.
That's Endor.
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4:13PM on 08/24/2015
Actually, that makes sense. We know Darth Vader's helmet shows up in the movie, and it was left there in the bonfire at the end of Jedi, so Kylo Ren would need to go to Endor to retrieve it.
Actually, that makes sense. We know Darth Vader's helmet shows up in the movie, and it was left there in the bonfire at the end of Jedi, so Kylo Ren would need to go to Endor to retrieve it.
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