this image is of Kylo Ren's Cross Saber

Kylo Ren sounds nothing like Adam Driver, but a lot like Darth Vader

Abrams has already revealed in interviews that Kylo Ren is something of an evil Empire fanboy, but the new trailer shows just how much Vader worshipping has been going on since the events of 1983’s Return of the Jedi. The crumpled, ruined mask of the former Sith lord has been enshrined on its own plinth by the nefarious First Order, with Ren promising to further the work of his predecessor as master of the dark side.

Kylo Ren looking out of a ship at something exploding in the distance which makes the image red.
Kylo Ren looking out of a ship at something exploding.

Through his own mask, Driver is barely recognizable from his previous film and television roles, essaying an unexpectedly deep James Earl Jones-style baritone – even if his version doesn’t quite have the original actor’s velvety veneer. And Abrams is clear that Ren is no geeky lightweight: the new villain appears to have mastered Vader’s infamous death choke and is keen to use it on poor old Oscar Isaac’s Poe Dameron.

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