Star Wars 9: Closeup Knights of Ren Image Released

A new image of the Knights of Ren from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has released and it offers a great closeup look at the characters. The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters later this year, and when it does, it will not only be the end of the trilogy that began under the new Disney-age of Star Wars - it will be the end of Skywalker saga itself!

Suffice it to say, the anticipation for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is extremely high, and it's only going to grow the closer the release date comes. Part of that anticipation comes from the film being the grand conclusion to a decades long story, but it also stems from fans eager to see director J.J. Abrams return to the series. Having directed Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Abrams handed over directing duties to Rian Johnson for the next installment, Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Along with Abrams, The Rise of Skywalker also sees the return (and perhaps proper introduction of) the Knights of Ren.

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Courtesy of Empire, a new image of the Knights of Ren from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker offers a good closeup look at these followers of Kylo. The Knights of Ren have been glimpsed in trailers, a few behind-the-scenes photos, and even on the cover of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary, but this latest image offers another look at the Star Wars' latest villains. Check it out, below:

Knights of Ren from Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker

Even though they were first introduced in The Force Awakens, little is known about the Knights of Ren. In that film, the Knight of Ren only appear in the vision Rey experiences when she touches the Skywalker lightsaber and sees flashes of Kylo and the knights attacking Luke's Jedi Academy. It sets them up as antagonists loyal to Kylo and reveals them to be dark force users, neither Sith or Jedi. The Knights of Ren didn't appear in The Last Jedi and they remain shrouded in mystery, but given they seem to have a large presence in The Rise of Skywalker, it appears it's time for the curtain to be pulled back on Kylo's devoted followers.

Come Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Kylo remains the Supreme Leader of the First Order, and it's likely through that position that he brings the Knights of Ren more fully into the ranks of the First Order. While not specifically his personal guard (those are likely the new Sith Troopers), they are sure to act on his command and seek out Rey and her allies, squashing not just the Resistance but any hope of the light side triumphing over the dark.

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Key Release Dates
  • Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019
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