His statement reminds us that actors are not obligated to remain tied to their past roles.
In an unexpected turn of events, actor Adam Driver, best known for playing Kylo Ren in the “Star Wars” sequel trilogy, has declared his wish to separate himself from the legendary role. Fans are in a state of shock and bewilderment at Driver’s desire to leave his role as Kylo Ren and his on-screen alter ego, Ben Solo.
Driver’s Kylo Ren and his fellow cast members Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and Oscar Isaac have gained popularity since their debuts in 2015’s “The Force Awakens,” and they have all since grown to be cherished characters in the “Star Wars” universe.
Unfortunately, fans may never see these actors play their parts again in other “Star Wars” motion pictures or television shows. This revelation occurs as Marvel publishes comics that explore Ben Solo’s background and give light on how he evolved into the mysterious Kylo Ren. Fans’ reactions to the new plot line in the comics, which adds a tragic element to Kylo Ren’s final demise in the movies, have been varied.
With hashtags like #BenSoloDeservesBetter and #BringBenSoloBack, fans have pleaded with Disney to bring the character back while expressing dissatisfaction on social media. Many people think that Ben Solo’s chance for atonement in “The Rise of Skywalker” was cut short and that his nuanced story merited more attention.
Driver spoke openly about his feelings about playing Kylo Ren again in an interview with the foreign news organization LeMatin in which he said, “This is not at all on the agenda. This experience will forever remain one of the highlights of my career, but I aspire to other adventures.”
The actor even highlighted his readiness to move on and take on other ventures by saying that he even wanted people to forget that he had played Kylo Ren. He continued, “By 2020, I want to disappear. I want to be forgotten so that I can be offered other very different projects.”
While some actors from “The Rise of Skywalker” have left the door slightly ajar for a potential return to the “Star Wars” universe, Driver’s response is unequivocal—a resounding “No.” If Ben Solo were to make a comeback, it would require the involvement of a different actor.
Daisy Ridley also shared her sentiments on the matter, stating in an interview with Vulture, “I can’t actually imagine it right now. Right now, it feels like a really nice full stop on the Skywalker series.” Meanwhile, John Boyega, known for his role as Finn, humorously exclaimed, “You ain’t going to Disney Plus me!” when asked about a Disney+ spin-off.
Boyega did, however, say that he would be open to making another movie as long as Ridley and Isaac were in it. Poe Dameron’s actor, Oscar Isaac, mirrored the attitude of satisfaction when he said, “[I’m] happy and feeling fulfilled that the task is complete. So, I can’t imagine what it would be that would make me want to redo this thing or revisit it.”
Fans must accept the reality that the second trilogy is seen as a closed chapter in the “Star Wars” narrative as they come to grips with the actors’ conclusive pronouncements. Rewatching the movies may offer a short-term solution, but viewers must respect Driver’s desire to go on and, in his words, “forget that [he] played Kylo.”
With that, new stories and new characters will shape “Star Wars” in the future, leaving fans all around the galaxy to love and remember Kylo Ren and Ben Solo’s legacy.