'Star Wars': Adam Driver says there won't be redemption for Kylo Ren in 'The Rise of Skywalker'

Ben Arnold
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Adam Driver is Kylo Ren in STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER

Anyone expecting Kylo Ren to have a Darth Vader-esque journey to redemption in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker might be in for some disappointment.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Adam Driver, who plays the petulant – and now evil – son of Han Solo and Princess Leia, was asked whether a change of heart could be on the cards.

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“What does he have to be redeemed for?” he said.

“[Kylo Ren] has a different identity, a different definition of what redemption is. He’s already been redeemed in his story.

“I don’t think there is a thought of redemption. He doesn’t have an outside lens of the events, you know — you know what I mean? That’s more of an outsider’s view of his world.”

It did look a bit like he was perhaps giving the whole being on the side of the First Order business some consideration, when he chopped Supreme Leader Snoke in half in The Last Jedi.

Rey (Daisy Ridley) in STAR WARS: EPISODE IX.

But he soon turned back to the dark side.

Speaking about Kylo's relationship with with Daisy Ridley's Rey, he added: “I don’t think it’s all one thing.

“Part of the fun of playing it is the boundaries of it keep changing. At times it’s more intimate, sometimes less intimate. Sometimes it’s codependent. And then it’s, obviously, adversarial.”

Driver also added some additional flesh to the bones of Ren's character in an interview with Rolling Stone notably broaching whether there was any scope for romance between Rey and Ren.

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“I mean, of course I’m sympathetic to him and I understand but I can see on the outside, if I analyzed it, which I don’t, that someone who’s killed his class doesn’t really seem to be good boyfriend material,” he said.

“He’s almost like a spoiled rich kid who has to evolve into something. He’s following his path of finding who he is. You might have had to metaphorically, or in this case literally, kill your father to find out who you are. To be your own person, at a certain point you have to claim it.”

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, starring Ridley and Driver along with Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Daniels, Naomi Ackie, Domhnall Gleeson, Lupita Nyong'o, Keri Russell, Billy Dee Williams, Richard E. Grant, Joonas Suotamo, Kelly Marie Tran and Ian McDiarmid, is out in the UK on December 19.