Spoiler Down for Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens and Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
• A New Vanity Fair Photospread unveils the return of the Knights of Ren to the world of Star Wars.
• These characters are deeply interwoven with the roots of Adam Drivers Kylo Ren.
• Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will hit the cinemas on December 20th.
Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens and Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, Kylo Ren by Adam Driver is one of the most complex, multi-layered, and riveting movie villains of the last decade. But considering that we know Kylo's real name is Ben Solo ̵
New photos from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker show the return of a group called "The Knights of Ren," which fans probably remember from The Force Awakens. An image from an exclusive Vanity Fair distribution shows J.J. Abrams, who staged both of the above films and staged the above knights in a desert scene; We should first fill in the remaining gaps.
Abrams made it clear in the promotion of The Force Awakens that "Kylo Ren" was not a first name but a title earned by the villain because of his position in this group. The Knights of Ren are mentioned in The Force Awakens and briefly reviewed in a review.
Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis) calls Kylo Ren "Master of the Knights of Ren," and when Rey (Daisy Ridley) touches Luke Skywalker's lightsaber for the first time, she sees different images of The Past – one of them is a shot of Kylo Ren and the Knights of Ren, presumably after the uprising that killed the rest of Luke Skywalker's Jedi students. Or are the rest of Luke's students the knights themselves, convinced by Ben Solo to join him on the dark side? It seems as though The Rise of Skywalker could finally answer that question.
While it's interesting that The Rise of Skywalker, completes this trilogy of Star Wars movies, the Knights of Ren finally get into the story and the movie It is also interesting that in another Vanity Fair breakout piece, Kylo is referred to as the "erstwhile leader" of the Knights of Ren. We know that The Rise of Skywalker has a leap in time from the events in Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi but how far is this jump? Last we saw Kylo Ren, he had killed Snoke and even taken on the role of Supreme Leader. Is he the "one-time leader" of the Knights of Ren just because he turns to bigger, evil things? Or does this mark Kylo, as his grandfather Darth Vader, on the way to a possible salvation?
It is also worth noting that the grand Vanity Fair broadcast marks the launch of two new characters, both played by notable actors and possibly both of the story's additional villains. We get a first glimpse of Keri Russell as "masked rogue Zorri Bliss," who sounds a lot like Boba Fett, and a look at Richard E. Grant as "Allegiant General Pryde," which is both a fantastic and a pretty nasty name , Could these two – and the seemingly incessant villain of Emperor Palpatine, whose unmistakable laugh was heard at the end of the last trailer – be the replacement headers if Ben Solo invariably returns to the side of the Jedi?
Honestly, that would not be my choice. Part of what made The Last Jedi so strong was the fact that when there was a moment to return to the good side, Kylo Ren took the other route. He did not kill his Master to do the right thing and eliminate the evil, but to take his place as a superordinate evil figure. He did not try to repair his relationship with Luke Skywalker – he tried to shoot him with every weapon they had. Adam Driver's appearance in the Star Wars movies was so unique – he plays a character that is immature in many ways, yet so powerful and fully aware of it.
The figure is full of energy in every scene, and every bit of rebellious villainy on the screen is absolutely deserved and understood. Even though an entire film has remained in the trilogy, Kylo Ren is already a character whose intentions, motivations and actions are fully understood – leaving much freedom as to where an author and director can go in the future. Whatever Abrams and his company will do with him in the end will probably work (as long as the writing is there), but I count myself as a voice for evil in the team.