Speaking to Empire, Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams dropped some new clues about the origins of the film's villain, Kylo Ren - including some answers about his name, his lightsaber, and his connection to the Force.
"Kylo Ren is not a Sith," said Abrams. "He works under Supreme Leader Snoke, who is a powerful figure on the Dark Side of the Force.” This explains why Kylo Ren does not carry the traditional Sith title of "Darth," and why his lightsaber is so different from those we've seen before.
Snoke is played in motion capture by Andy Serkis, and his voice was heard in the first teaser for The Force Awakens, and is the leader of the First Order.
Speaking on the origins of the First Order, Abrams revealed that their connection to the Empire is somewhat different than fans may have guessed.
“That all came out of conversations about what would have happened if the Nazis all went to Argentina but then started working together again?’” Abrams revealed. “What could be born of that? Could The First Order exist as a group that actually admired The Empire? Could the work of The Empire be seen as unfulfilled? And could Vader be a martyr? Could there be a need to see through what didn’t get done?”
Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters on December 18, 2015.