Adam Driver and J.J. Abrams Reveal the Importance of Kylo Ren’s Helmet in The Rise of Skywalker The barrage of trailers and teasers for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has managed to show off a ton of action without giving too much away about what the heck is actually happening. But if it’s one big change you can notice, it’s the fact that the galaxy’s saddest Sith boi Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) has repaired the imposing helmet and mask that he smashed to pieces in The Last Jedi.
When Collider’s own Perri Nemiroff sat down with both Driver and director J.J. Abrams, the duo strongly suggested the helmet has a huge symbolic role to play. For Abrams, it’s not only about Kylo’s commitment to his new position in the First Order, but also fixing the mask has a specific practical purpose. “Part of it is about his commitment to the Dark Side. As you’ll see, he’s becoming Supreme Leader…his focus has been a little bit more on practical matters. He’s assumed that position within the First Order. It represents his re-committing to the Dark Side, to the Knights of Ren, and then because of a very specific thing that he’s about to go do. As you see in the story, there’s a reason for it. It might not be clear at this moment.” For Driver, unsurprisingly, the matter of Kylo’s mask is a more metaphorical one. The actor cagily spoke to a particular unmasking moment in The Rise of Skywalker that he hopes will illuminate new layers of the character.