‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’: The 1 Thing Adam Driver Took from the Set
The Star Wars saga is about to come to an end. Just as The Mandalorian is dominating the fandom, the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is fast approaching. The J.J. Abrams-directed film will end the Skywalker saga once and for all, leaving fans hopeful for a satisfying conclusion.
Although Star Wars has been everywhere in recent years, the saga appears to be really having a moment right now. But will that momentum continue after The Rise of Skywalker or come crashing down? Moreover, what does the future hold for the sequel trilogy’s stars, namely Adam Driver?
The end of Kylo Ren’s story
The Oscar-nominated Driver is one of the most integral parts of this current trilogy. He debuted as the villainous Kylo Ren in Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But even in that film, the character has been far more conflicted than previous Big Bads in the saga.
In particular, the sequel trilogy’s focus on Kylo’s connection with Rey has been a highlight. These two sworn enemies have such undeniable chemistry that many “Reylo” shippers are hoping for a romantic turn to their story.
While the fates of Rey and Kylo remains unclear, Driver’s time with the franchise is quickly drawing to a close. The actor has created one of Star Wars‘ best villains, delivering a consistently strong performance throughout. But at least he’ll have something at home to help remember his time in the “galaxy far, far away.”
Adam Driver has a souvenir from the set
In a recent guest appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to promote Marriage Story, Colbert naturally turned the conversation toward The Rise of Skywalker. The host asked Driver about “[hanging] up [his] lightsaber.” During this exchange, the actor revealed he has taken perhaps the ultimate Kylo Ren collectible.
“I also have [the lightsaber]. So I literally hung it up,” Driver said. “It’s in a box, but it’s hung in the box.”
The actor goes on to say he actually took “a lot of stuff” from the set, including his full Kylo Ren costume. However, it’s the lightsaber — with its instantly iconic crossguard design — that will probably make most hardcore Star Wars fans jealous.
Much of the debate lately has centered on whether Anakin or Rey is more powerful. But Kylo deserves to be in that conversation, in no small part due to the raw power his distinctive weapon harnesses.
What should fans expect from ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’?
Beyond revealing what he took from the making of The Rise of Skywalker, Driver also briefly touched on the film itself. Since so many fans are anxious to see how Abrams and his team end the saga, Driver puts everyone’s minds at ease.
“[Abrams] had a really tall order not just to wrap up three movies but nine of them,” the actor said on The Late Show. “And I think what he and [co-writer] Chris Terrio came up with, I have to say, is pretty unique and rare.”
Since Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will be the final film in the saga for a while, the pressure’s on for it to deliver resolution. Recent comments from Driver’s co-star Naomi Ackie claimed the film will still leave fans with some questions. We’ll find out exactly what those lingering plot threads are when the movie finally hits theaters.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will be released on December 20.