When Star Wars returned to cinemas at the end of 2015, the franchise introduced us to a new set of iconic heroes, as well as a villain who solidified himself as one of the most flawed and interesting villains in #StarWars history. While everyone was intrigued and captivated by Rey — thanks to the powerful performance given by Daisy Ridley — the most interesting and layered character by far was Kylo Ren, played by Adam Driver.
Kylo Ren felt more like a real person than most Star Wars characters. Driver portrayed a man who was struggling to be something he wasn’t, as Kylo seemed to almost overcompensate with his forceful step through scenes in which he aspired to be as menacing as his grandfather, Darth Vader. He used his mask as a pure intimidation tactic to instill fear in his enemies as he knew his scarless, clean-shaven face wouldn’t frighten anybody.
Throughout the film, the man formerly known as Ben Solo struggled between the dark and the light side of the force, but in the end ultimately made the choice to extinguish the light within him and fully commit himself to evil when he murdered his father, Han Solo.
While Kylo was a fully fleshed-out, three-dimensional character, the same cannot be said for the other new characters introduced in The Force Awakens. One of the biggest complaints of the film was that the new characters of Rey, Finn (John Boyega), and Poe (Oscar Isaac) were rather thin, and as much as I loved them, I have to agree.
Adam Driver recently told Larry King that Episode VIII will explore Kylo Ren’s humanity, or what little he has left of it. Driver has also previously teased that the film will be “darker” in tone, comparing it to how The Empire Strikes Back was a darker film than A New Hope.
Now, the film’s director, Rian Johnson, has finally offered up a few interesting details to USA Today — as part of their 2017 movie preview — teasing that Episode VIII will dig deeper into the core of the new characters:
“I wanted to know more about each of them, and that doesn’t just mean information or backstory. Figure out what’s the most difficult thing each of them could be challenged with now — let’s throw that at them and dig into what really makes them tick by seeing how they handle that.”
FN-2187 himself, John Boyega, has said that Johnson has managed to craft a Star Wars film that has an “indie movie” feel. However, Johnson has promised that while the film — said to be weird and dark as it digs deeper into the characters — will have the same fun factor that #TheForceAwakens and the classic trilogy had:
“I want it to be a blast and to be funny and to be a ride the way 'The Force Awakens' and the original Star Wars movies were.”
Lawrence Kasdan, the writer of The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and The Force Awakens called the script for #TheLastJedi “weird," which is actually a compliment coming from Kasdan.
Star Wars: Episode VIII hits theaters December 15, 2017.
What challenges do you think our characters could face in the upcoming film?