Of the new characters introduced to the ‘Star Wars’ mythos in ‘The Force Awakens’, Kylo Ren has proven thus far proven to be one of the more compelling. Despite some controversies relating to his characterization to date (many fan parodies have cast Ren as, effectively, an emo kid with a lightsaber), his backstory is rich with unanswered questions, and thus, with storytelling potential.
With both Ren and Luke Skywalker expected to feature heavily in ‘The Last Jedi’, it stands to reason that the complicated and tragic history between the two men will be addressed in some form or fashion. But while that may be the case, Adam Driver has suggested to Screen Rant that a good deal of his character’s backstory will remain shrouded in mystery, at least for the time being:
“Sure. I mean, there’s like a bits of pieces that we started working on that kind of, I know are answered in this one that we kind of started in ‘The Force Awakens’, that I knew was operating you know when we were doing that one, that I knew as time went that they kind of reveal themselves but even of those things, there’s a lot of those things that will never be revealed and there’s no plans to. There are things that I think about that, for me, is what makes it kind of more fun in the playing of them, you know?“
While elements of Ren’s backstory (such as how he learned of his relationship to Darth Vader) have been explored in the canon novels released since ‘The Force Awakens’, it’s clear that any major revelations regarding him (and the other new characters) are going to take place in the films. While any questions left unanswered in the sequel trilogy will almost certainly be addressed in novels or other tie-in materials, we’ll likely have to wait until after ‘Episode IX’ debuts in 2019 to see any of those stories told.
Directed by Rian Johnson, ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ is due to arrive in theaters on December 15, 2017. The film stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Daniels, Domhnall Gleeson, and Gwendoline Christie.