January 5, 2017


Adam Driver Says New 'Star Wars' Movies 'Feel Socially Active to Me'

It's tough to get good Star Wars intel out of someone in the inner Jedi circle. On Larry King Now, though, Adam Driver, the 33-year-old who plays Sith wannabe Kylo Ren, went somewhat deep. "They do kind of feel socially active to me, too," he says of the new films, not long after a spate of thinkpieces and interviews discussing Rogue One: A Star Wars Story's political message—or lack thereof—in the wake of the 2016 election.

Driver compared the current trilogy to George Lucas' original work, which premiered in 1977 with Episode IV: A New Hope. He noted how "a lot of Star Wars was in response to Vietnam, and a lot of what I remember talking about with [Force Awakens director/co-writer] J.J. [Abrams] and [Episode VIII writer/director] Rian [Johnson] was this idea of terrorism, and two sides kind of being morally justified to behave however they wanted to to get whatever they thought was absolutely correct.”

Thought-provoking for sure. J.J. Abrams & Co. really know how to pick 'em.

Earlier in the conversation, Driver said he's excited for fans to see more of Kylo Ren's "humanity" as well as the furthering of new mythologies. He noted that Episode VII: The Force Awakens was "very much a blockbuster movie" that was "forced to be general" with its scope. "There was a lot of plot points that we knew were operating in the first one," he told Larry King, "that we get to explain more in the second one, that kind of make both of them make sense."

Driver has previously said Episode VIII's screenplay is "remarkable" and, compared to The Force Awakens, "similar to how The Empire Strikes Back has a different tone."

Driver will return to the galaxy far, far away this Dec. 15 alongside Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, and Carrie Fisher, who finished filming her parts before her untimely death on Dec. 27.