Adam Driver Says Kylo Ren's Humanity Will Be Explored In STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII

Adam Driver Says Kylo Ren's Humanity Will Be Explored In STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII

Kylo Ren's conflict in The Force Awakens centered on being caught between both sides of the Force, and Adam Driver has now teased an exploration of Ren's humanity in Rian Johnson's Episode VIII...

Adam Driver gave a thrilling performance as Kylo Ren in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, a villain who found himself emotionally torn between both sides of the Force and the legacy of his family. Towards the end of the film, Ren brutally murdered his father, Han Solo, in an attempt to fully reject the call of the light. The pupil of Supreme Leader Snoke then found himself injured by a Wookie bowcaster when taking on Rey, with the latter using the Force to capitalize on Ren's weakness, defeating him in combat and leaving him wounded in the snow on Starkiller Base.

Aside from Snoke mentioning he aims to complete Ren's training, we don't know much about the path of Anakin Skywalker's grandson in Rian Johnson's Episode VIII, though Driver has offered a tease through an interview on Larry King Now. According to Driver, it seems that we won't be seeing the last of Ren's inner conflict between the dark side and the light, as the sequel will explore Ren's humanity, along with continuing several plot points that originated in The Force Awakens“I think maybe - this is such a general answer - but you know, humanity,” said Driver. “Even though it’s very much a blockbuster movie, and I’m aware of that, there was no taking that for granted and that we were forced to be general [in The Force Awakens]. There was a lot of plot points that we knew were operating in the first one, that we get to explain more in the second one, that kind of make both of them make sense." 

Driver also elaborated that some inspiration came from discussions of real wars and terrorism with both of his directors, J.J. Abrams and Rian Johnson. "But they do kind of feel socially active to me. And George Lucas originally — a lot of Star Wars was in response to Vietnam and a lot of what I remember talking about with J.J. and Rian was this idea of terrorism, and two sides being morally justified to behave however they wanted to to get whatever they thought was absolutely correct."

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