Why Kylo Ren's Scars Were Changed For Star Wars 8

Star Wars The Last Jedi teaser trailer - Kylo Ren

While the film might not have been beloved by all, most would agree that J.J. Abrams Star Wars: The Force Awakens was on many levels a success. Perhaps most notably, Abrams and the rest of his creative team were able to assemble a group of characters that felt entirely new to the Star Wars franchise, and left people excited to see where the franchise would go from there. Even more importantly, Abrams was able to gather a group of equally talented actors, who perfectly inhabited their characters from beginning to end, and sitting right near the top of that list, was Adam Driver as Kylo Ren/Ben Solo.

Following his debut as the character in The Force Awakens, Ren's return is no doubt one of the more anticipated elements of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, especially based on the compromised and defeated position he was left in by Daisy Ridley's Rey at the end of the last film. Glimpsed very briefly in the first trailer for The Last Jedi, it's clear that Kylo Ren is coming back with a vengeance, and one that will bring along both new and old ghosts with him.

However, some of the more attentive Star Wars fans noticed something a bit off about Ren's brief appearance in that Last Jedi trailer. Specifically, the facial scar from his lightsaber battle with Rey on Starkiller Base appeared to have been moved over slightly from where it originally was. Well, in answering a fan's question on Twitter today, writer and director Rian Johnson has confirmed that he chose to adjust the placement of Kylo's scar in the new film, purely because of aesthetic reasons:

@origonalname113 @mutlubulutlar @StarWarsNewsNet @TheLastKylo It was my decision to slightly adjust it, and that was my justification. It honestly looked goofy running straight up the bridge of his nose

— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) April 19, 2017

Considering just how much Kylo's scar looked like it would run lengthwise down his face, it's understandable that Johnson might want to make this change when he came on board. Instead of it being a distracting bit of makeup, fans can still acknowledge and remember where the character got it from, without ever being pulled out of the film by the awkward placement of it.

This only appears to be further proof of how specific Johnson was about what he wanted everything in The Last Jedi to look and feel like, in addition to the comments of everyone involved with the film who worked with/has been working with the filmmaker on it. It's almost miraculous, in fact, how little trouble there looks to have been so far with Johnson on board of Episode VIII, with Lucasfilm having to rein Johnson in very little up until this point. That's a comforting bit of news for fans to hold onto as they get closer and closer to The Last Jedi's release date, and makes for a less frenzied, speculative experience than the reshoot-heavy post-production process of say, Rogue One last year.

Next: The Last Jedi: Why Luke Skywalker is the Perfect Teacher for Rey

Source: Rian Johnson

Key Release Dates
  • Star Wars 8/Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) release date: Dec 15, 2017
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) release date: May 25, 2018
  • Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019
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