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Sith Or Not A Sith? J.J. Abrams Reveals The Mystery Behind Kylo Ren

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If your office is like ours then all the talk around the sacred stack of promo Blu-rays is about Kylo Ren and his freaky-deaky red lightsaber: why’s the beam so jagged? Why’s the beam coming out of three places? What kind of Sith joke is this?


Well, according to J.J. Abrams, there’s nothing Sith about Kylo Ren—but that doesn’t mean that Adam Driver’s enigmatic Knight of Ren isn’t a total badass terror. “Kylo Ren is not a Sith,” Abrams told Empire during a recent interview. “He works under Supreme Leader Snoke, who is a powerful figure on the Dark Side of the Force.” Ohhhhh shiiiiiiiiiiiiit.


Andy Serkis (aka Gollum) once again dons a thick layer of CGI to play Supreme Leader Snoke. You haven’t seen his Star Wars look yet but he’s made himself heard already. Remember this line in the first trailer: “There has been an awakening. Have you felt it?” That, sounding nothing like Gollum, is Snoke. And so is this:


As for the Empire-inspired First Order, the new stormtrooper-commanding axis of evil with whom future resistance fighters will have to contend, Abrams had some background information to share about them as well.

“That all came out of conversations about what would have happened if the Nazis all went to Argentina but then started working together again?” explained the director. “What could be born of that? Could The First Order exist as a group that actually admired The Empire? Could the work of The Empire be seen as unfulfilled? And could Vader be a martyr? Could there be a need to see through what didn’t get done?”

Alas, all our questions are to remain unanswered until December 18.