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J.J. Abrams confirms villain Kylo Ren is not a Sith, talks Nazi inspiration for First Order

As Indiana Jones would say, “Nazis, I hate these guys.” In a recent interview with Empire Magazine, director J.J. Abrams talked about the Nazi inspiration that helped mold the structure and design of the new Empire in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”. That dark force is called the “First Order” and it’s pretty easy to draw a few comparisons with the “First Order” and the Nazi regime in the few short moments that they have been in the trailer.

In fact, the original “Star Wars” trilogy also borrowed some symbolism from the Nazi party, including the very name Stormtrooper and the design of the Imperial officer’s uniforms.

Abrams didn’t stop there, he also clarified something that almost all of us had wrong since the debut trailer hit the internet earlier this year. Abrams explained that villain Kylo Ren, played by Adam Driver, isn’t a Sith.

“Kylo Ren is not a Sith,” Abrams told Empire magazine in the interview, which also shows the supposedly evil Ren holding a lightsaber. It’s easy to mistake Ren as a Sith though, just like Darth Vader Ren is shown wearing a black mask and holds a red lightsaber. Abrams explains that the choice to have him wear the mask was “meant to be a nod to the Vader mask,” and that Ren “came to the name Kylo Ren when he joined a group called the Knights of Ren.”

So instead of adopting a Darth title like the Siths, Kylo accepted the last name Ren when joining the knights, an interesting turn of events.

Abrams went on to explain Ren’s character telling Empire, “He works under Supreme Leader Snoke, who is a powerful figure on the Dark Side of the Force.” This new “First Order” is picking up where the Empire left off, as the new intergalactic force that threatens to fill the void left by the fall of the Galactic Empire.

“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 explained in the same interview. “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?”

Fans only have a few more months of waiting. Disney is releasing the seventh film in the series on December 18, 2015.