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EW Cover Features Kylo Ren from THE FORCE AWAKENS; Reveals His Connection to the Original Trilogy

Posted on August 12, 2015 at 10:52 am by David "Snackbar" Edmundson

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The August 21st-28th issue of Entertainment Weekly is going to break new images from Star Wars: The Force Awakens and, in the process, will likely break the internet. We haven’t received a gander at the images inside the magazine as of yet but we have received an image of the cover, which features Adam Driver‘s Kylo Ren, the masked villain with that badass lightsaber. The image doesn’t reveal much new about the character at all but hey, its new Star Wars: The Force Awakens fodder. Do you need another reason?

Check out the full Star Wars 7 cover of Entertainment Weekly, featuring Rylo Ken, below:

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And while we’ve now gotten a look at Driver’s character, Kylo Ren, and his distinct lightsaber, we still don’t know much about how Ren fits into the Star Wars universe other than the fact that he’s allied with The First Order, a remnant of the Empire in this post-Return of the Jedi world. In a new interview with EW, however, Abrams reveals that Ren has a very serious—and very obvious—connection to the Big Bad of the original trilogy:

“The movie explains the origins of the mask and where it’s from, but the design was meant to be a nod to the Vader mask. Ren is well aware of what’s come before, and that’s very much a part of the story of the film.”

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“The lightsaber is something that he built himself, and is as dangerous and as fierce and as ragged as the character.”

Whlie not confirmed, it’s expected that Kylo Ren will be the main antagonistic force through at least this new trilogy, so we should hopefully be seeing more of Driver for quite some time in this franchise. What’s unclear is how his arc fits into The First Order given that Domhnall Gleeson’s General Hux is the leader of that particular movement, but it’s incredibly promising (and exciting) to hear Abrams tout Kylo Ren’s strong connection to Darth Vader. One imagines this provides some interesting story possibilities, especially in relation to Luke, Leia, and Han Solo, as well as depth of character beyond simply “Bad Guy in Mask.”

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