ByKatie Granger, writer at
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Katie Granger

Even several months after the box office destroying release of [Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](tag:711158) we're still finding out bits and pieces about the film, from possible deleted scenes featured on the upcoming April 5 DVD release to snippets looking forward to [Star Wars: Episode VIII](tag:711868).

Industrial Light & Magic, the George Lucas founded visual effects company who has been the powerhouse behind the Star Wars films, recently released a bunch of new concept art images from The Force Awakens off the back of the visual book, The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

The collection of gorgeous images encompasses bits and pieces spanning the entirety of the film, from an alternate look at Luke (Skywalker) to a captured figure (an early take on Poe Dameron, perhaps?) in what appears to be Jedi robes in the vein of Obi-Wan.

Star Wars 7: early concept art (via IL&M)
Star Wars 7: early concept art (via IL&M)

Rick Carter, co-production designer, Star Wars: The Force Awakens commented on the creation process, explaining that the early designs were intended to reflect the storytelling concepts rather than function as explicit representations of what the final design would be:

"Each artist began to explore his individual response, and collectively, we began to answer, with our words and art. Out of our brainstorming sessions emerged visual imagery of where we might want to go and what it would look like when we got there. We were not merely illustrating scenes that already existed: we were initiating storytelling concepts through the visual images themselves."
Kylo Ren: early concept art (via IL&M)
Kylo Ren: early concept art (via IL&M)

While we do get to see various figures from The Force Awakens in the concept art, there's one who stands above and beyond (and not just cause he's hella tall) we speak of course of Kylo Ren (portrayed in the film by Adam Driver).

The early concept art shows us an interesting take on the former Ben Solo, one that more closely alines his character conceptually with that of his grandfather, Darth Vader.

Check out the early helmet designs that blend elements of Vader with those of Darth Revan.

Kylo Ren: early concept art (via IL&M)
Kylo Ren: early concept art (via IL&M)

Is it just us or does 'B' look at lot like the xenomorph from Alien? And what's up with that conical neckpiece on 'A'?

From the looks of things, Kylo Ren was first intended to physically and ideologically stand as a character more like the series' biggest bad Darth Vader, but the route that Lucasfilm and Disney went down with Kylo's character motivations makes more sense in terms of striking differences between the two. As the below image shows, even his lightsaber originally looked a lot more like Vader's.

Kylo Ren: early concept art (via IL&M)
Kylo Ren: early concept art (via IL&M)

Replacing one of the most iconic villains of all time is a difficult task, so rather than attempt to do so they went almost the opposite way, presenting a scared, young, troubled First Order Knight struggling with the Light and the Dark, giving into the Dark instead of finding redemption, as Vader did (though there is still time for that).

Though he may have been polarizing as a villain, he was certainly a formidable one, and though some fans still aren't too happy with how he turned out at least he didn't end up wearing what looks like one of those cones dogs wear to stop them from biting their stitches.

Which is your favorite Kylo Ren character design? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!

Source: Industrial Light & Magic


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