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Who is Kylo Ren? Meet Star Wars' Villain Played by Adam Driver

Who is Kylo Ren? Meet Star Wars' Villain Played by Adam Driver

Kylo Ren is your new villain in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Adam Driver is the man behind the mask in the just released movie!

The 32-year-old actor, who you might know from his Emmy-nominated work on HBO’s Girls, was actually a United States Marine before he got into acting. He served for over two and a half years before getting injured and he was ultimately medically discharged before being deployed to Iraq.

Adam married his longtime girlfriend Joanne Tucker back in June 2013 and he volunteers his time with a non-profit that he started called Arts in the Armed Forces, which puts on performances for military personnel.

Now that you know all about Adam, lets get to know Kylo Ren a bit. We don’t want to spoil you on any details if you are trying to stay away from specific details, so click behind the cut at your own risk!

Click inside for spoiler content on the Star Wars villain Kylo Ren…


Kylo Ren’s real name is Ben Solo, named in honor of Ben Kenobi, aka Obi-Wan Kenobi from the previous films. As the son of Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), we learn that through a chain of events he has fallen to the dark side and has become obsessed with his grandfather, Darth Vader.

Here is the official description that the character was given on the Star Wars website: “A dark warrior strong with the Force, Kylo Ren commands First Order missions with a temper as fiery as his unconventional lightsaber. As a leader of the First Order and a student of Supreme Leader Snoke, he seeks to destroy the New Republic, the Resistance and the legacy of the Jedi.”

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  • buttercream

    *Kylo Ren is really Ben Solo, Han Solo’s and Princess (now General) Leia Organa’s son (and Darth Vader’s grandson and Luke Skywalker’s nephew). He was training to be a Jedi Knight, under the tutelage of Luke Skywalker. But he turned away from the Light and came over to the Dark Side, which was the reason for Luke blaming himself and disappearing. He’s conflicted because he still has some of the Light in him. Leia and Han split up over their son’s turn to the Dark Side. Han felt he had to go and grieve separately. But they reunite and then he goes on the mission in which Kylo/Ben kills him.

    * Han Solo dies. He is killed by his own son, Kylo Ren, after Kylo Ren tricks him. Han Solo thinks he is hugging his son and that his son has come back from the Dark Side to the Light. But it is a dirty trick, and Kylo Ren stabs and kills Han Solo with his lightsaber.

    * Rey is apparently Luke Skywalker’s daughter (though it’s possible she’s Leia’s daughter, but I doubt it), and she brings him his lightsaber. She has the Force with her and is an untrained Jedi who can do Jedi mind tricks. She is also apparently, Kylo Ren’s first cousin. She beats Kylo Ren in a lightsaber fight but doesn’t have the cojones to finish him off. Then, suddenly, the ground splits between the two of them, so she cannot kill him at that .

    * Luke Skywalker is only in the movie for about 30 seconds at the end of the movie, and, no, he is neither evil nor a villain. He appears in the scene in at the very end in which Rey locates him and gives him his lightsaber. He went missing because he was disillusioned and
    upset over what happened with his nephew Ben Solo turning to the Dark Side and becoming villain and murderer Kylo Ren.


    No… just no… Read the spoilers on the Internet like everybody else and forget about it. IT’S NOT WORTH SEEING!!


    Han Solo dies. And it’s a remake of the first Star Wars movie from
    1977!! It’s also very, very bad!! Stay away from it!! You have been
    warned!! 8(

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  • Big Joey

    Kylo Rhen kills her father Han Solo at the climax of the movie. The movie is a very bad cheap remake of the original Star Wars movie from 1977, almost scene for scene. Stupid and unwanted!!

  • Riste-ano Conaldo

    I hear this guy is hot stuff in Hollywood (I haven’t seen any of his movies).

    But I didn’t see much of it on Star Wars. Too little in fact, I think his character was a bit bland and should have had more hate, should have been more cynical and a lot more expressive, even his dialogues weren’t that good (there was no “you underestimate the power of the dark side” line when he confronted Solo, no madness in his eyes – even though he is probably the weakest Sith of the entire Star Wars saga).

    His character and Finn were probably the weakest ones in the movie.

    I hope Abrahms turns him into the best character of episode VIII – but with more doubt, more weaknesses, hopefully a path of his own destruction with the dark side consuming him.

  • CherDionne95

    I saw the movie last night….when Kylo Ren took off his mask/head gear and revealed himself to be the actor Adam Driver…I said “EEwwww” out loud in the movie theater and people laughed. He’s so ugly and the movie is really a waste of film. The original movie is so much better. This is a cheap knock off. Listen to the people….don’t listen to critics. Plus, the black actor has a tendency to over act….so annoying.

  • Deana

    HAHA. Look at these pathetic 30+ year old dweebs dissecting and picking at the movie, as if any of you were qualified to give any sort of real critique. Bunch of LOSERS. It’s getting good reviews and became the top grossing film in history. The movie was fantastic and calling it a “remake” of A New Hope shows how you completely ignored the theme and premise of the movie, it’s fucking STAR WARS. Of course it going to have similarities to the previous films! Also, you dumbasses are the ones who said the prequel were shit (which they are except for Ep III) and now say they are better than TFA. Shut the fuck up, you’re all seriously sad little people. Get another fucking hobbie and stop obsessing like losers.

  • Deana

    You know what’s annoying, how incredibly pathetic and superficial you are. “He’s so ugly and the movie is really a waste of film.” LMAO, you mad or nah? It doesn’t really matter because it’s getting great reviews from the REAL fans and PROFESSIONAL film reviews. You’re opinion is meaningless and they got the last laugh because the got your money, helping it to the become the top-grossing film in history.

  • fifiwereking

    han and leia would never have a kid this ugly…

  • fifiwereking

    how about a fcking spoiler alert….

  • Susan herondale

    And his grandfather Anakin was even hotter! And Padme so beautiful! I think Kylo is adopted!!