Star Wars: The Last Jedi has a big showing at New York Comic Con this year, including a big exhibition featuring a variety of props from the movie. One of those props is Kylo Ren’s helmet and its accompanying information panel includes some interesting details about the character.
As reported by Star Wars News Net, the description for Ren’s helmet notes that the mask worn by Adam Driver’s character was designed to hide his true identity and not just as an homage to Darth Vader.
The official description reads as follows:
Kylo Ren is the son of Han Solo and Leia Organa, protege of Luke Skywalker, and eventual master of the knights of Ren. He is known as the “Jedi Killer” among the rank and file of the First Order. His helmet was crafted to mask his visage and voice, concealing his identity as he delves further into the power of the dark side of the Force.
This description seems to imply that Kylo Ren wanted to conceal his identity in order to focus on his dark side training, as constant whispers of “Hey, isn’t that Ben Solo?” would no doubt become distracting very quickly. However, it’s interesting that Kylo is officially known as the “Jedi Killer” among the First Order, as this indicates that most people are aware that it was he who destroyed Luke’s Jedi Order. If this is the case, then it seems likely they would also know that Kylo’s true identity is Ben Solo, which makes the mask kind of redundant. Still, as we saw in The Force Awakens, the helmet does a pretty good job of masking Kylo’s voice, so perhaps everyone is just too intimidated by him to call him “Ben” anyway.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters on December 15. Be sure to check out our breakdown of the new trailer that Disney just released this week.
Source: Star Wars News Net